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  • A

    Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)

    Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is a method of building interactive applications for the Web that process user requests immediately. Ajax combines several programming tools including JavaScript, dynamic HTML, XML, cascading style sheets, the Document Object Model and the Microsoft object XMLHttpRequest. (Continued)

  • D

    D

    D is one of two programming languages, Digital Mars D, an object-oriented metaprogramming language, or Microsoft D, a key component of the upcoming Oslo development environment.

  • E

    Expression Graphic Designer

    Expression Graphic Designer is Microsoft's new software tool for creating the images that appear in an application's user interface, or UI. The product supports both vector and bitmap types of graphics and allows application designers to use effects such as fringes and drop shadows. (Continued...)

  • Expression Interactive Designer

    Expression Interactive Designer is Microsoft's new tool for adding 3D images and multimedia content to an application's user interface, or UI. The product complements both Microsoft's existing application development tool, Visual Studio 2005, and the tools in the upcoming WinFX suite, which allows for better collaboration among the designers and developers who are building an application.

  • Expression Web Designer

    Expression Web Designer is Microsoft's new tool for building and enhancing Web sites with design elements such as cascading style sheets, personalized task panes and compatibility with non-Microsoft Web browsers like Firefox. Web sites built using Expression Web Designer can support the XML, ASP.NET and XHTML data types. (Continued...)

  • G

    GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)

    The GIF (pronounced DJIF by many, including its designer; pronounced GIF with a hard G by many others) stands for Graphics Interchange Format and is one of the two most common file formats for graphic images on the World Wide Web.

  • GLib

    GLib is a utility library that can simplify programming in C, especially for projects involving the languages GNOME and GTK+. Many programmers believe that the utility functions in GLib are more consistent than those in C... (Continued)

  • GUI (graphical user interface)

    A GUI (usually pronounced "GOO-ee") is a graphical (rather than purely textual) user interface to a computer.

  • I

    IP address (Internet Protocol Address)

    This definition is based on Internet Protocol Version 4. See Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) for a description of the newer 128-bit IP address. Note that the system of IP address classes described here, while forming the basis for IP address assignment, is generally bypassed today by use of Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) addressing.

  • L

    LINQ (Language Integrated Query)

    LINQ (Language Integrated Query) is a Microsoft programming model and methodology that essentially adds formal query capabilities into Microsoft .NET-based programming languages... (Continued)

  • S

    Silverlight

    Silverlight is: (1) A programming model for developing and distributing rich Internet applications (RIA) that use graphics, animations or video within the .NET Framework. Silverlight was previously known by its code name, Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere. (2) A plug-in from Microsoft for delivering media created with Silverlight.

  • V

    vector graphics

    Vector graphics is the creation of digital images through a sequence of commands or mathematical statements that place lines and shapes in a given two-dimensional or three-dimensional space.

  • Visual Basic (VB)

    Visual Basic is a programming environment from Microsoft in which a programmer uses a graphical user interface to choose and modify preselected sections of code written in the BASIC programming language.

  • Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET or VB .NET)

    Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET or VB .NET) is a version of Microsoft's Visual Basic that was designed, as part of the company's .NET product group, to make Web services applications easier to develop. (Continued...)

  • Visual Studio .NET

    Visual Studio .NET is Microsoft's visual programming environment for creating Web services based on use of the Extensible Markup Language (XML).

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