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Most people find technology confusing for one reason, the terminology. We've created this page to try to help people out with some of the common terms used in the web technology field.

If you find a term is missing or the explanation did not answer your question, please feel free to send us an email and we will do our best to clarify it for you.

The definition of ASP .NET is highlighted in the box to the right because it is an important technology. Any pages that we develop that require "intelligence" are designed using ASP .NET. This technology gives us the ability to communicate with the server perform various useful tasks. For example: get data from a database, perform complex calculations, gather other information from another site, create/edit/delete file on the server file sytems.
                 ASP.NET is a web application framework
             developed and marketed by Microsoft, that
            programmers can use to build dynamic web
     sites, web applications and web services.

ASP.NET pages, known officially as "web forms", are the main building block for application development. Web forms are contained in files with an ASPX extension; in programming jargon, these files typically contain static (X)HTML markup, as well as markup defining server-side Web Controls and User Controls where the developers place all the required static and dynamic content for the web page.
 
 
ASP (Active Server Pages) A Microsoft technology allowing the insertion of server executable scripts in web pages.
Bandwidth A measure for the speed (amount of data) you can send through an Internet connection. The more bandwidth, the faster the connection.
Client/Server In web terms: The communication and separation of workload between a web client and a web server.
Cookie Information from a web server, stored on your computer by your web browser. The purpose of a cookie is to provide information about your visit to the website for use by the server during a later visit.
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) A W3C recommended language for defining style (such as font, size, color, spacing, etc.) for web documents.
Database Data stored in a computer in such a way that a computer program can easily retrieve and manipulate the data.
Database System A computer program (like MS Access, Oracle, and MySQL) for manipulating data in a database.
DHTML (Dynamic HTML) A term commonly to describe HTML content that can change dynamically.
DNS (Domain Name Service) A computer program running on a web server, translating domain names into IP addresses
Domain Name The name that identifies a web site. (like: yourname.com)
Download To transfer a file from a remote computer to a local computer. In web terms: to transfer a file from a web server to a web client.
Flash A vector-based multimedia format developed by Macromedia for use on the web.
FTP (File Transfer Protocol) One of the most common methods for sending files between two computers.
Home Page The top-level (main) page of a web site. The default page displayed when you visit a web site.
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) HTML is the language of the web. HTML is a set of tags that are used to define the content, layout and the formatting of the web document. Web browsers use the HTML tags to define how to display the text.
HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) The standard set of rules for sending text files across the Internet. It requires an HTTP client program at one end, and an HTTP server program at the other end.
IIS (Internet Information Server) A web server for Windows operating systems. Developed by Microsoft.
IP Address (Internet Protocol Address) A unique number identifying every computer on the Internet (like 197.123.22.240)
ISP (Internet Service Provider) Someone that provides access to the Internet and web hosting.
JavaScript The most popular scripting language on the internet. In web terms: A simple programming language that can be executed by a web browser or a web server.
SQL Server A database system from Microsoft. Mostly used on high traffic web sites running on the Windows platform.
TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) A collection of Internet communication protocols between two computers. The TCP protocol is responsible for an error free connection between two computers, while the IP protocol is responsible for the data packets sent over the network.
URL (Uniform Resource Locator) A web address. The standard way to address web documents (pages) on the Internet (like: http://www.yourname.com/)
Web Host A web server that "hosts" web services like providing web site space to companies or individuals.
Web Page A document (normally an HTML file) designed to be distributed over the Web.
Web Server A server is a computer that delivers services or information to other computers. In web terms: A server that delivers web content to web browsers.
Web Services Software components and applications running on web servers. The server provides these services to other computers, browsers or individuals, using standard communication protocols.
WWW (World Wide Web) A global network of computers using the internet to exchange web documents.
XML (Extensible Markup Language) A simplified version of SGML especially designed for web documents, developed by the W3C.
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