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on October 28, 2015
Fascinating account by the man who did most of the weaving.
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on October 26, 1999
This is a charming book, written well and modestly by the inventor of the World Wide Web. The first part of the book, as Berners-Lee explains how the disparate parts came together, is especially fascinating. The second half provides Berners-Lee with an opportunity to describe his vision for the web. Whether you agree with him or not, he certainly has earned the right to express his opinions and he does it well.
A great companion to this book is "Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origin of the Internet," by Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon. Taken together you've got a history of what's changing history: the Internet and the World Wide Web.
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on November 15, 1999
Berners-Lee has created something so universal that 50 years from now we won't even remember it had an inventor. Who can remember the inventor of television or radio?
The goodness of the man shines through. He wants to make the world a better place and he has already. He has a pespective on it all, placing the birth of his first child above his amazing technical achievement. This book is a good read, for those of us who used Mosaic and those who never heard of Windows 3.1.
I would compare Berners-Lee to Gandhi, who achieved more through forceful ideas than by brute intimidation. The greatest idea is the openness of HTML. Read and learn why this works where other new ideas have failed.
Brian Black
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on September 7, 2000
This is a fascinating book on several levels. It is first a great social history of improbable invention. Take an English computer specialist working at CERN (the European Nuclear Research Consortium in Switzerland) who comes up with an idea for a worldwide system of easy communications that merely means he has to invent the concept of the URI and URL system of universal identifiers on a web of interconnected computers so that users can find specific sites. Then create a single protocol for www that everyone on the planet will get used to including http as a protocol for transferring information across a variety of systems, and do all of this on a voluntary basis subsidized by a nuclear research facility that was focused on vastly different questions.
This is the story of that stunning achievement but would be worth reading for only its own insights into technology and how societies evolve and how a determined creative and patient individual can impact on that evolution. However, this book is much more. It is second an introduction to a way of thinking about the web as a truly interactive system that allows people on a worldwide basis to work together. Berners-Lee notes that his vision of the web is not merely passive reading and passive accessing but the creation of a truly universal ability for people to work together and create a mutually better and more productive society by bringing people together as individuals on a worldwide basis. I found myself thinking much more about truly interactive participatory ideas with the web and how would you manage that level of creativity and group participation. This is a very worthwhile and easy to read story.
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on October 8, 1999
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the historical antecedents of the World Wide Web. I'm sure only a very small fraction of the millions using the Web today realize it's essentially an outgrowth of the vision of one man. Here, you get an account penned by the man himself of what he was thinking when he first conjured the Web and his thoughts on its future.
Overall, the book is a very engaging read, and its best feature is the insight it provides into the principles that Tim Berners-Lee had in mind during the Web's conception. Though it seems to have been commandeered by mass-marketers, the Web has its roots in the ideals of de-centralized and democratic information sharing. And as long as there are people like Tim Berners-Lee involved who are inspired at least as much by integrity and character as by profit motive, the Web has every chance to fulfill that promise.
I would have rated the book 5 stars, but at times the text slips a bit in editing, and it's probably less accessible than it could be to the layperson. Despite that, the book is excellent, and everyone who has ever typed www into a browser should give it a look.
After reading this book, grab a copy of "Where Wizards Stay Up Late" by Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon for a great history of the Internet.
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on September 1, 2002
If you work on the web, use it frequently or derive your livelihood from it in some way, this is an outstanding work that presents the history and thinking that went into the development of the web. Tim details the early days of conceptualization of the web followed by the evolution to a research tool and onto the multifaceted web of today used for commerce, entertainment, research, communications and any number of other activities.
He begins with the early days of the web as a project at CERN, the difficulty getting people to conceptualize a worldwide network of hypertext, (how long did it take you to "get it" when you were first introduced to the web?) its tremendous growth and commercialization in recent years, and his vision of the future.
The book discusses the various interests that pull the web in different ways and the possibility of the development of a future "semantic web" in which a variety of standards and technologies combine to enable search engines to respond more intelligently to queries when people search for information on the web.
The case is made that research, commerce, communication, and any number of other activities has its place on the web and all serve to enrich the web as a worldwide network of communication and knowledge. In order to continue to grow and thrive, there must be basic standardized protocols. In addition, no one party should be vertically integrated and grow large enough to be able to control access, technology, and content such that it inhibits the free flow of information and global communication.
It would be tough to find a better figure to pioneer and contribute so profoundly to the development of the Internet and World Wide Web. Had it been pioneered and developed on proprietary patented protocols and technologies; access, usability, and overall usefulness of the web would be nowhere near what they are today.
To gain an understanding of where the web came from, where it's headed, and how various companies, technologies and other interests may affect the future development of the web; pick up a copy of "Weaving the Web".
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on March 31, 2000
Excellent review of the history of the Web. The book is most helpful however when looking at Berner-Lees' vision of what the Web can be and why we want to get there.
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on September 24, 1999
This book is a joy to read. If you are interested in the history and the philosophy of the web, you will find this book to be very worthwhile.
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on October 4, 1999
Fantastic man to listen to and read about. It would seem that joncolis@yahoo.com is getting confused with the words "Web" and "Internet".
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on May 23, 2007
I love this quote from Tim Berners-Lee, the man responsible for the World Wide Web. He's a low profile genius who never profited from his invention. I often think about him when i talk to my investment banking friends, or other people who are placing monetary gain over what really makes them happy. This is a quote from his book Weaving the Web which is a pretty good read if you're interested in how the web came about, what the original thoughts were about it, and how it's survived attempts by private industry (Microsoft, IBM, etc.) to control it.

"People have sometimes asked me whether i am upset that i have not made a lot of money from the Web. In fact, I made some quite conscious decisions about which way to take my life. These I would not change - though i am making no comment on what i might do in the future. What does distress me, though, is how important a question it seems to be to some. This happens mostly in America, not Europe. What is maddening is the terrible notion that a person's value depends on how important and financially successful they are, and that that is measured in terms of money. That suggests disrespect for the researchers across the globe developing ideas for the next leaps in science and technology. Core in my upbring was a value system that put monetary gain well in its place, behind things like doing what i really want to do. To use net worth as a criterion by which to judge people is to set our children's sights on cash rather than on things that will actually make them happy." - Tim Berners-Lee
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