Given the way the Web has become the dominant communications technology of our time, one could argue that Berners-Lee is the guy who invented the future. Yet up to now he has remained reticent about how he did it. Weaving the Web is therefore the definitive account of how the World Wide Web came to be. No one else could have written this book--the history of the Web straight from the source. Yet it's a characteristically modest and self-effacing book, in which Berners-Lee relegates the story of how he came to create the Web to the first 90 pages. They make riveting reading as they tell a story of ingenuity and persistence and vision; but most of all they tell a remarkable parable about civic values. The Intellectual Property Rights embodied in the Web could have made Berners-Lee the richest man in history. Yet he turned his back on the money and set his creation free. He was determined from the outset that the Web should belong not to him but to us.
The remaining 130 pages are devoted to an account of how he implemented this commitment to the public domain by setting up the World Wide Web Consortium--the organisation he created to ensure that that the Web continues to develop without becoming the proprietary reserve of the powerful corporations which aspire to control it. Through this account--of protocol wars and technical disputes and unbearable pressures--runs a consistent vision challenging the prevailing orthodoxy which regards the Web simply as a wonderful new way of doing business. Of course it is a new way of doing business--but in Berners-Lee's view that is perhaps the least interesting thing about the Web He continues to view the Web as he has always seen it--as a medium that can codify the sum total of human knowledge and understanding. Weaving the Web is an unforgettable testimony to that heroic vision. --John Naughton
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 on 17 Mar. 2013 by N. Johnson
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 morePublished on 24 Jun. 2010 by Rerevisionist
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 morePublished on 7 Mar. 2001 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 17 Jan. 2001 by Bobby Elliott
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
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 morePublished on 17 Jan. 2000