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What is C#?

C# (pronounced C Sharp) is a multi-paradigm programming language that encompasses functional, imperative, generic, object-oriented (class-based), and component-oriented programming disciplines. It was developed by Microsoft as part of the .NET initiative and later approved as a standard by ECMA (ECMA-334) and ISO (ISO/IEC 23270). C# is one of the programming languages supported by the .NET Framework's Common Language Runtime.

C# is intended to be a simple, modern, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language. Its development team is led by Anders Hejlsberg, the designer of Borland's Object Pascal language. It has an object-oriented syntax based on C++ and is heavily influenced by Java. It was initially named Cool, which stood for "C-like Object Oriented Language." However, in July 2000, when Microsoft made the project public, the name of the programming language was given as C#. The most recent version of the language is 3.0 which was released in conjunction with the .NET Framework 3.5 in 2007. The next proposed version, 4.0, is in development.

What is MSSQL?

MSSQL is a relational database system that is used to store information. MSSQL can store many types of data from something as tiny as a single character to as large as complete files or graphics. Although it can be accessed by most programing languages, it is often coupled with C# and other .NET related languages.

Information stored in a MSSQL database hosted on an Internet server can be accessed from anywhere in the world with a computer. This makes it a good way to store information that needs the ability to change over time, but also needs to be accessed over the net. Some examples that can utilize MSSQL are a web message board or a customer's shipping status.

What is the point?

C# and MSSQL can not only be used to design web applications, but can be used to create desktop applications, as well.  When writing software that is required to run on a Microsoft platform and support both web and desktop interfaces, iTeam will often choose C# and MSSQL as the environment to develop the software with.