Speeding the Net
is a thrilling read, and Quittner and Slatalla revel in their storytelling. The excitement and informality of the early browse-design sessions is apparent and infuses the book with a dynamic, raucous energy. The book tells the story of the creation of the Mosaic browser, the precursor to the wildly successful Netscape Navigator. Speeding the Net
presents a thorough and compelling history of the programmers and business minds behind Navigator. Along the way, the authors also place ongoing developments in context: the universality (up until the explosion of the Web) of LANs, the creation of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, the release of Java by Sun Microsystems. Speeding the Net
is the best of all worlds: part biography, part primer on Web history, and part journal of the history of an infamous and revolutionary start-up company. --Jennifer Buckendorff
From Library Journal
Once in a while, during the short history of personal computers, a "killer app" (application) comes along that becomes the standard by which all others are judged. Perhaps the most dazzling killer app of the decade was Netscape, the graphical World Wide Web browser that set Microsoft, formerly an Internet laggard, on its ear. In the virtual milieu of cyberspace, Netscape's Mark Andreessen played David to the hulking Microsoft goliath, forcing Bill Gates to reevaluate his company's entire business strategy. Now, with Microsoft having gained a substantial share of the web technology marketplace, and despite being hounded by the Justice Department for its business practices, is Netscape doomed? This work is a fast-paced account of the most significant revolution in communications technology in decades. Quittner, of Time magazine, and coauthor Slatalla describe Netscape's amazing rise to prominence, its decision to go public, and its most recent positioning to shake up the marketplace once again. Highly recommended for business technology collections.?Joe Accardi, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago
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