Overall, there wasn't anything in these two chapters that I had not already learned before. I've been in the programming, hardware, and system administration areas as both a hobbyist and a professional so long, that all of this stuff has been hammered into my skull on multiple occasions.
Our first two programming assignments seem good for the novice to gain familiarity with moving between design and code views of a project, as well as creating event handlers for objects on the form. Again, something I already knew, but I can see how this can help new programmers learn more about what event handlers can do, without having to create them by hand (as in other languages). I remember my first experience with them in Visual Basic 6: forcing the user to use the "exit" button by having the event handler for the program close by clicking the "x" in the corner of the window, or any other reason, not work. It would throw a Messagebox.Show("Please use the Exit button to close this program.") instead.
When I read our first assignments, anticipation sparked when reading the title of "Latin Translator" and "Orion Constellation", as I love languages, and am an amateur astronomer. Ideas went floating through my head about possibly using the Google API to gain access to http://www.google.com/translate in order to create an application that would translate and display phrases...and then I realized that it was only three words that needed translation. Maybe later, eh?
The "Orion Constellation" program piqued my interest, however there was a mistake made with the star names, so I made the necessary correction and went back to doing math homework ;-) The star labeled "Meissa" is actually the star "Bellatrix". Meissa is the "head" of Orion, and if you draw a line from Betelgeuse to Bellatrix, and then intersect that (forming a cross) by drawing a line up from Alnilam, Meissa would be an arcsecond or two (about 1/6 of an inch on our image) above that Betelgeuse/Bellatrix line, sitting on the Alnilam line. Hope that makes sense ;-) Ha!