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Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web [Paperback]

Michael L. Dertouzos , Tim Berners-Lee , Mark Fischetti
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1 edition (Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006251587X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062515872
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Weaving the Web Hailed by "Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest minds of the century, Tim Berners-Lee, the genius behind the Internet reveals where it came from, reflects on its impact, and predicts where it is headed. Full description

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"When I first began tinkering with a software program that even gave rise to the idea of the World Wide Web, I named it Enquire, short for Enquire Within upon Everything, a musty old book of Victorian advice I noticed as a child in my parents' house outside" Read the first page
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the world wide web 3 Feb 2002
Format:Paperback
Most people don't understand how Internet is different from World Wide Web. The author, Tim Berners-Lee, shows how the web evolved from his work at CERN and how his own and other people's need led to the initial ideas of the web segmented ideas of HTTP, Internet and URI. He goes on to explain his vision of the web and also explains his decision of not starting his own company as so many others of his time did.
The book also delves into his efforts for making CERN a European hub- a counterpart to MIT in USA. The book then discusses his present role as director of the W3C consortium and its numerous reseachers.
Also, the book illustrates the need for
keeping the web decentralized and free from monopolistic technologies.
The book is meant for non-technical people as
well. Tim has to be congratuled for doing a thorough job and the book has a decent cover and printing - which all makes it an enriching experience to read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weaving the Web 25 Mar 2003
Format:Paperback
For some reason I now seem to be reading a lot of computer / internet related books and I blame this book for starting it all.
It's a fascinating account of how the web evolved and gives you a real grass roots feel, to the now highly commercialised internet.
I have great respect for the author because unlike other famous software veterans, it was not his vision to profit from his development but to benefit others.
The book goes onto to describe the future of the internet in the view of its creator, as good a guess as any and you can see it already coming true. Look at XML its eveywhere.
Brilliant book fuels the desire to learn about the history and future of the technologies we have today and tomorrow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
Tim Berners-Lee ("TBL") has a story to tell rather than a web to weave. Readers looking for a deep technical account of how the web was built will be thoroughly disappointed as TBL writes in crystal clear colloquial english about his personal venture to bring people together to exchange information. In the process he tells us about the merits of unsung heroes and technologies. Readers seeking an autobiography would also better look elsewhere as TBL has no need for hagiographies.
TBL's story is nearly apologetic and devoid of any need to project an image. "Weaving the Web" tells the story of a team contributing to one of the last Millennium's major technological milestones. TBL introduces readers to the many who have graciously and silently contributed to the genesis of the web, most notably Robert Cailliau. They all have in common a desire to contribute to a worldwide effort aimed at making knowledge from all by all available to all. This necessitated the creation of today's key www components, HTML, URL and FTP/TCP IP enabling all internet users to create, find and call up documents or web sites. In the process of that creation, TBL tells us about the eternal human saga of reconciling opposing camps which seem sometimes more concerned about holding on to their acquired albeit flawed knowledge franchise rather than advancing the search for the new and the better.
Piously, TBL explains how the web was born out of a desire to facilitate CERN physicists' access to knowledge residing in the entrails of a disparate collection of operating systems. CERN itself seems to have financed this development nearly despite itself, as TBL humbly admits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read 6 Dec 1999
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Format:Hardcover
As an ex-CERN student, fellow and consultant at the time that the Web was being born I ordered "Weaving the Web" with great anticipation.
I was not disappointed. Tim explains in a very readable way the events that culminated in the creation of the Web and beyond.
His narrative style is excellent, especially as he describes his frustrations with CERN management (yes, I've been there!) and external organisations like NCSA, who attempted to usurp control over his creation.
My only criticism is that Tim is far too diplomatic in the book. I assume that this is because of his current obligations to the W3C - you can't really go around slandering W3C members :).
However, having said that, it is still possible to read between the lines and imagine the anger he must have experienced at times.
To summarise - a great read which most people interested in Web should enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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An excellent read. As many have commented, not actually a techie book (per se) but about a technical subject. The author describes the multiple incarnations and the reasoning behind it. He then goes on to describw how he trys to promote it, use the InterNet (NOT the Web!)
If you're old enough there are reference to machines & formats that will allow you to reminisce :) And certainly dipicts a well known scene of multiple O/S with multiple Formats for multiple users.... HTML or no HTML - this will still remain.
The latter 2-3 chapters do wander in to the mid-to-distant future and at the very end religious (very worrying - technology v theology).
On the whole easily worth the money. Couldn't put it down, not bad for a non-manual book :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Messed up my head to start with.
A very interesting read.As I said it did mess with my head to start,but if your trying the write what somone is imagning in the head of a 'geek'. It does explane this very well.
Published 16 months ago by N. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very perceptive techie material
Most of the action here, assuming it's not updated, is 1990 to 2000. The end-point seems a bit dated now - Amazon gets a mention, but not Google or Windows XP or e-Bay. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Past Present & Future – by the man who invented it
Tim Berners-Lee explains how the Internet got started, but how he then conceived of the World Wide Web, all in a very non-technical way. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2003 by Keith Appleyard
4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive account of the World Wide Web
Addressed from a generally technologist's point of view, Berners-Lee nonetheless does much to convey the sense of adventure and optimism inherent in the whole process of the Web's... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2001 by David Talbot
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read - but the author is a bit annoying!
This is a good book by any standards - well written, good pace - and very interesting if you have an interest in computers or the Internet. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2001 by Bobby Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Insight into the Birth of the World Wide Web
I couldn't wait for this book to arrive, and when it did I couldn't put it down...
'Weaving the Web' is a personal account by Tim Berners-Lee the creator of the World Wide Web... Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2000 by stumartin@btinternet.com
4.0 out of 5 stars A Manifesto for the online future...
If this book is bought as anything other than a white paper on the future of the web, then the purchaser will be disappointed...but it is no less a book for that. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2000
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