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How to develop web applications using C# or VB.NET

Web application

A Web application (Web app) is an application program that is stored on a remote server and delivered over the Internet through a browser interface.  Unlike traditional desktop applications, which are launched by your operating system, web apps must be accessed through a web browser.  Web development courses will help your knowledge and understanding further.

What is C#?

C# is pronounced “see sharp”.  C# is an object-oriented programming language and part of the .NET family from Microsoft.  C# is very similar to C++ and Java.  C# is developed by Microsoft and works only on the Windows platform.

It is important to note that C# is just one of several languages that can be used with the Microsoft .NET Framework. Many of the advantages and features of C# are actually tied very closely to .NET, and hence are also applicable to languages like Visual Basic .NET and Visual C++ .NET.

So what can C# be used for? Well in short, almost anything. It is flexible enough to power TCP/IP Servers, the humble Raspberry Pi and everything in between.

C# does of course have particular strengths. The first mention should go to Windows application development. Such is the support for .NET on the Windows platform that C# is now pretty much every developer’s first choice for building Windows desktop applications.

What is VB.NET?

Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET) is a Microsoft object-oriented programming (OOP) language. Visual Basic was originally created to make it easier to write programs for the Windows computer operating system. The basis of Visual Basic is an earlier programming language called BASIC that was invented by Dartmouth College professors John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz. Visual Basic is often referred to using just the initials, VB.  It evolved from Visual Basic 6 (VB6) to meet an increasing need for easy web-services and web development.

VB.Net was designed to take advantage of the .NET framework-based classes and run-time environment. It was re-engineered by Microsoft as part of its .NET product group.  VB.NET is the first fully object-oriented programming (OOP) version of Visual Basic, and as such, supports OOP concepts such as abstraction, inheritance, polymorphism, and aggregation.

Visual Basic was one of the first systems that made it practical to write programs for the Windows operating system. This was possible because VB included software tools to automatically create the detailed programming required by Windows. These software tools not only create Windows programs, they also take full advantage of the graphical way that Windows works by letting programmers "draw" their systems with a mouse on the computer. This is why it's called "Visual" Basic.

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