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Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web Paperback – November 7, 2000
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He may be the most self-effacing genius of the computer age, and his egalitarian mind is evident in the names he rejected for his invention: "I thought of Mine of Information, or MOI, but moi in French means 'me,' and that was too egocentric.... The Information Mine (TIM) was even more egocentric!" Also, a mine is a passive repository; the Web is something that grows inexorably from everyone's contributions. Berners-Lee fully credits the colorful characters who helped him get the bobsled of progress going--one colleague times his haircuts to match the solstices--but he's stubbornly independent-minded. His quest is to make the Web "a place where the whim of a human being and the reasoning of a machine coexist in an ideal, powerful mixture."
Hard-core tech types may wish Berners-Lee had gone into deeper detail about the road ahead: the "boon and threat" of XML, free vs. commercial software, VRML 3-D imaging, and such. But he wants everyone in on the debate, so he wrote a brisk book that virtually anyone can understand. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Berners-Lee talks in depth about the social implications of technology, and indeed the World Wide Web is a social beast as much as it is a technological one. He does separate, however, the duties of bodies like the W3C whose sole purpose is to facilitate and strengthen the standards and protocols that are providing new richness and robustness to the web. This is clearly highlighted in his discussion of PICS, which allows for creation of rules that can facilitate filtering of objectionable material on the web. Berners-Lee makes the clear distinction between those who create the PICS technology, and those who decide how it will be implemented.
It is evident from this book that Berners-Lee is far from finished in his duties.Read more ›
Berners-Lee writes in plain english, allowing non-programmers to share in his vision and goals for a universal (or should that be uniform?) way to share information across the internet. Especially interesting is the history of the browser market itself, without all the 'browser-war' hype.
Best of all, this book does not read like a technical specification -- but is full of warmth and humor as we see Berners-Lee bring his brainchild to light.
I read "Where Wizards Stay Up Late: the Origins of the Internet" by Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon, and desperately wished someone would do similar justice to the history of the web. Not only has someone now done just that, but that someone happens to be the inventor of the web! What more could you ask for?
The really unfortunate thing about this is that it does not need to be so. For example, the book has no figures and no tables (though it does have a glossary of the hundreds of acronyms used and a good index). A few well-designed figures and summary tables would help a great deal to unify concepts that are just plain fuzzy and awkward when described with words alone. If you've ever seen a Web site and hypertext you can pretty well follow along with the written descriptions, but how much more helpful it would have been to have a few (color) pictures illustrating what a well-constructed Web site with hyper text looks like.
The book does have its fine points. It is a first-hand look at how the Web came into existence, and how it is continuing to evolve today. It also explains efforts to make the Web more valuable.Read more ›
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This is a first hand account of the invention of the Word Wide Web and it's growth through 2000. No one is better placed to write this than Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor himself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles Hall
Fascinating read. No one I ask can tell me who invented the WWW. They all mention the Internet, not the world wide web. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MB
Tim Berners-Lee built in the Web a system that reflects his own modesty, generosity and passion for bringing people together. Read morePublished 8 months ago by arkman
Very insightful into the birth of the Web. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Web, Internet, or history of technology. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jonathan N. B.
The book is getting quite dated, and to the credit of the author, much of what he predicted in the book has subsequently come to pass. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Edward J. Barton
Book is in good shape. For one penny, plus $3.99 shipping you can't go wrong. This is an excellent book by the inventor of the Web, and a must read for Web Designers.Published 23 months ago by Louis Winkler
ok book. Gives a good understanding of how the www was built over the internet from the man who started it.Published on January 14, 2014 by Mr M Lannon