Microsoft .Net Development Definitions

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    .NET 3.0 (WinFX)

    .NET 3.0 is the specification for Microsoft's new suite of managed application program interfaces, or APIs, that developers can apply to Windows Vista and Windows XP... (Continued)

  • .NET Framework

    .NET Framework is a managed execution environment for Windows that allows software developers to create a software application in one programming language and be assured the app can work with code written in other languages. 

  • 136 browser colors with names

    Some Web page creators prefer to specify colors by name rather than by hexadecimal red-green-blue (RGB) intensity value.

  • 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)

  • ASP.NET (ASP+)

    ASP.NET (originally called ASP+) is the next generation of Microsoft's Active Server Page (ASP), a feature of their Internet Information Server (IIS). (Continued...)

  • Atlas

    Atlas was the codename for a free Web client framework, created by Microsoft, that simplifies the creation of sites by integrating client script libraries with the rich, server-based platform of ASP.NET 2.0. Atlas is now called ASP .NET AJAX. Simply put, Atlas allows AJAX functionality in Visual Studio. (...Continued)

  • B

    blog (weblog)

    A blog (short for weblog) is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs are defined by their format: a series of entries posted to a single page in reverse-chronological order. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or reflect the purpose of the Web site> that hosts the blog. Topics sometimes include brief philosophical musings, commentary on Internet and other social issues, and links to other sites the author favors, especially those that support a point being made on a post.

  • browser

    A browser is an application program that provides a way to look at and interact with all the information on the World Wide Web.

  • C

    C#

    C# (pronounced C-sharp) is an object-oriented programming language in development from Microsoft, which is intended to combine the computing power of C++ with the programming ease of Visual Basic.

  • common test platform (CTP)

    A common test platform (CTP), also called an open test standard (OTS), is a set of specifications defining test methods for diverse components of computer and electronic systems to be marketed as complete products... (Continued)

  • Cosmos

    Cosmos is an open source, evolving, .NET-based operating system development tool. The acronym stands for "C# Open Source Managed Operating System." (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.

  • Document Object Model (DOM)

    Document Object Model (DOM), a programming interface specification being developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), lets a programmer create and modify HTML pages and XML documents as full-fledged program objects.

  • domain name

    A domain name locates an organization or other entity on the Internet. For example, the domain name "www.totalbaseball.com" locates an Internet address for "totalbaseball.com" at Internet point 199.0.0.2 and a particular host server named "www."

  • 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

    Internet

    The Internet, sometimes called simply "the Net," is a worldwide system of computer networks -- a network of networks in which users at any one computer can, if they have permission, get information from any other computer (and sometimes talk directly to users at other computers).

  • 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.

  • IronPython

    IronPython is an altered version of the Python programming language that runs on top of Microsoft's .NET Framework. The language combines Python's compact, flexible, and powerful syntax and structure with the underlying support and capabilities offered by the .NET framework. (Continued...)

  • ISP (Internet service provider)

    An ISP (Internet service provider) is a company that provides individuals and other companies access to the Internet and other related services such as Web site building and virtual hosting.

  • J

    JSON (Javascript Object Notation)

    JSON (JS Object Notation) is a text-based, human-readable data interchange format used for representing simple data structures and objects in Web browser-based code. JSON is also sometimes used in desktop and server-side programming environments. (Continued....)

  • 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)

  • M

    monad

    A monad is: 1) A type of functor used in category theory in mathematics. 2) A kind of constructor used in functional programming to structure programs that include sequenced operations. 3) The original code name for Microsoft's Powershell. 4) A symbol used by ancient Greek philosophers

  • O

    object-relational mapping (ORM)

    Object-relational mapping (ORM) is a mechanism that makes it possible to address, access and manipulate objects without having to consider how those objects relate to their data sources...(Continued)

  • P

    Programmer's Day

    Programmer's Day celebrates the contributions of programmers to humanity. The day is unofficially celebrated on the 256th day of the Gregorian calendar year. Therefore, it usually falls on Sept. 13, though on a leap year it is on September 12. (Continued...)

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    Quiz -- Software development

    How to take the quiz: - After reading the question, click on the answer that you think is correct to go to the whatis.

  • R

    reparse point

    A reparse point is an object in a file system with attributes that activate extended functionality... (Continued)

  • RSS

    RSS is an XML-based vocabulary that specifies a means of sharing news headlines and other content between Web sites.

  • S

    scripting language

    A scripting language is a form of programming language that is usually interpreted rather than compiled. Scripting languages are typically converted into machine code on the fly during runtime by a program called an interpreter.

  • 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.

  • static analysis (static code analysis)

    Static analysis, also called static code analysis, is a method of computer program debugging that is done by examining the code without executing the program... (Continued)

  • static IP address

    A static IP address is a 32 bit number that is assigned to a computer to be its address on the internet.

  • T

    testing

    In general, testing is finding out how well something works.

  • V

    Azure DevOps (formerly Visual Studio Team Services)

    Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) -- rebranded as Azure DevOps in 2018 -- is an Azure cloud-hosted extension of Microsoft's Team Foundation Server (TFS) -- now called Azure DvOps -- that assist development teams with special tools and services for software programmers, analysts and testers as well as IT project or team managers.

  • 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 (VB) is an event-driven programming language and environment from Microsoft that provides a graphical user interface (GUI) which allows programmers to modify code by simply dragging and dropping objects and defining their behavior and appearance.

  • 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 InterDev

    Visual InterDev is Microsoft's development tool for building a dynamic, data-driven Web site.

  • 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).

  • Visual Studio Express (VSE)

    Visual Studio Express (VSE) is a freeware version of Microsoft's Visual Studio development environment toolset... (Continued)

  • W

    Windows CardSpace

    Windows CardSpace is the code name for an identity management component in Microsoft's upcoming WinFX product suite. With InfoCard, end users create a digital file on their own computer that includes user-specific information, like a work phone number, e-mail address or snail mail address. Users are able to save several different profiles and use whichever profile is appropriate for a certain situation.

  • Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)

    Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft's programming model for using managed code to build unified Web services and other distributed systems that can talk to each other.

  • Windows File System (WinFS)

    The Windows File System (WFS) is Microsoft's new storage system for its upcoming SQL server release. Along with serving as a database for structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, WinFS serves as a programming model that lets developers exchange data across applications and organize data in more constructive ways.

  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

    Windows Presentation Foundation, or WPF, is Microsoft's development tool for Web applications and rich client applications. With WPF, developers can use XAML, the Extensible Application Markup Language, to create custom controls, graphics, 3D images and animations that are not available in traditional HTML implementations.

  • Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS)

    Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) is a portal-based platform for creating, managing and sharing documents and customized Web services. WSS is available as a free download included with every Windows Server license. (Continued...)

  • Windows Workflow Foundation (WF or WinWF)

    Windows Workflow Foundation (WF or WinWF) is Microsoft's programming model for building workflow-enabled applications in the Windows operating system. It includes a namespace, a workflow engine and design tools that can be used with Visual Studio .NET. Windows Workflow Foundation covers both system and human workflows and it can be used with both client and server versions of Windows. (Continued...)

  • X

    XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language)

    XAML, Extensible Application Markup Language, is Microsoft's XML-based language for creating a rich GUI, or graphical user interface. XAML supports both vector and bitmap types of graphics, as well as rich text and multimedia files.

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