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5.0 out of 5 stars we owe it to the enterprise of the dedicated software artists/artistes, 2 July 2011
This review is from: A Brief History of the Future: Origins of the Internet (Paperback)
An excellent, well written, easy to read description of how the internet was developed. With so many contributors the book could not possibly name them all but in my opinion not enough recognition was given to the contribution made by Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre scientists who collectively were responsible for much of the underlying technology. Xerox had a full inter-company intranet working in its W.W international offices in the late 1970's using the STAR program hardware. Xerox also pioneered a page description language called "Interpress" The software group who did this work subsequently broke away from Xerox and wrote Postscript. Microsoft and Apple were given free accesss to PARC and both companies capitalised on the window/icon/mouse and bit-mapped screen concepts seen at PARC. The Apple Lisa programme being a near clone of the Star GUI. Most credit for the vision of the whole web must however go to Berners-Lee who made it all hang together.
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