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Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Its Inventor (Englisch) Bibliothekseinband – 26. Juni 2008

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Building the Internet was the collective achievement of hundreds of engineers and scientists. The intriguing thing about the World Wide Web is that, alone among Internet technologies, it was conceived and created by a single individual--the English physicist Tim Berners-Lee. He articulated the vision of a global universe of linked documents, wrote the first browser and server programs and came up with the protocols and acronynms (HTTP, URL, HTML, WWW) which are now part of all our lives.

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 that 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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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The World Wide Web's explosion onto the global scene is one of the most dramatic arrivals of technology in history. Consequently, myths and misconceptions about the origins, impact and future of this technology have run wild. Now, for the first time, the world hears from the man who invented the WWW. English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee quietly laid the groundwork for the WWW (and consequently Hypertext) in 1980, created a prototype in 1990, and unleashed it to the public in 1991. Now the Head of the Worldwide Web Consortium that oversees the WWW's growth, Berners-Lee provides in this book the inside truth about where the WWW came from and the remarkable discoveries that made it the platform to today's communications revolution. He also offers an important analysis of the future development of the WWW, and the likely impact on business and society. Berners-Lee was recently described in The Observer as the man 'who invented the future, who created something which one day will be bigger than all the other industries on earth'. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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Bis jetzt habe ich Tim Berners-Lee mehr oder weniger ignoriert. Er hat das WWW erfunden, aber who cares, dachte ich mir bis jetzt. Dieses Buch hat meine Einstellung dazu und zum Internet generell geändert. Mir wurde bewusst, wie wichtig offene Standards sind, damit alles funktioniert, und wie dankbar wir ihm sein können, dass die Dinge im Internet heute so sind, wie sie sind.

Er erzählt in 14 Kapitel chronologisch seinen und den Werdegang des Webs. Zuerst merkt man den Nerd in ihm. Er programmiert selbst, muss Modems ans Laufen bekommen, und zum Ende hin ist er ein Business-Mensch, der im W3-Consortium arbeitet. Vor allem in den ersten Kapiteln musste ich viel Schmunzeln. Dank des Buchs habe ich auch endlich den Unterschied zwischen URI und URL verstanden.

Seiner Meinung nach muss das W3-Consortium Vorreiter sein. Es muss neue Technologien definieren, bevor sie auf dem Markt relevant werden. So baut er auch sein Buch auf: Zum Ende wird es anstrengender, weil er versucht seine (damals, 1999) neuentwickelten Technologien zu promoten. Leider wissen wir heute, dass das W3-Consortium seitdem eine lange Durststrecke hinter sich hat und erst in den letzten Jahren wieder populär wurde.

Obwohl das Buch schon über 10 Jahre alt ist, und es umso etwas Schnelllebiges wie das Internet geht, hat es kein Stück an Aktualität verloren. Technologietreiber, wie Facebook, Google und Apple, können gefährlich sein für das Internet, wenn sie nicht so offen vorgehen, wie Berners-Lee damals bei der Entwicklung von HTTP, URLs und HTML, und dieses Buch demonstriert anhand von vielen Beispielen und Anekdoten wie es anderen Firmen von damals machen wollten.
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Weaving The Web is a wonderful blending of three distinct subjects: the history of the World Wide Web, an astute analysis of the web's "current" state, that is, where it stands in the middle of 1999, and where it's founder believes and thinks it is headed. It is difficult to believe the accuracy of Berners-Lee's vision of what the web could be in the time that the web was just a dream, and how he worked to achieve it. He also dispels the common belief that he either disdains the accumulation of wealth that could have been his had he chosen a different path, or that he envies those individuals who have made millions (or billions) by building on the web's humble beginnings. He also does not begrudge the commercialization over the web, as many academics did at the time when the web was viewed primarily as a medium for the free sharing of ideas and information.
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.
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Weaving the Web is a book written by the Web's creator "Tim Berners Lee". The book is divided in three main part. The evolution of the Web, the moral behind the Web, and the future of the Web. The special thing about the book is that you can read it as a technical book, and you can read it as a moral book. After reading some pages in the book, i had chosen to read it morally.
The book has only 209 pages, but you learn very much about the Web by reading it. I think it should be morally obliged for every web creator, and everyone that concerns the Web, to read the book. In the book he speaks about how the Web evolved, what its potential is, and what his personal vision about the Web is. It's a amusing book to read in that way. The moral behind the Web.
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After browsing umpteen "History of the web" pages, its refreshing to get it from the man himself.
Primarily, this book is a personal statement, and should be evaluated as one.It has the flavour of a travelogue with the descriptions of the bylanes and their interesting denizens who put in their mite to make this journey happen.However, it doesnt seem to be written with the intention to "attract"; its more of a "how and why i did this" type.As such, it falls outside the "Inventing the Web for dummies" class, which probably explains the lack of pictures, cute icons and sidebars (There is however, a graph on the cover which i'd love to look at fully!).Throughout the book runs a chain(web?) of incidents and decisions that are easily construed as examples of modesty, altrusim and general magnanimity on TBL's part (eg, not wanting to name the web as TIM,happiness at the web protocols being made public, tolerance of big companys' ideas of total control,etc) but (which I suspect) are only a result of common sense reasoning to get the whole thing going the way he wanted it to. I suppose the only way you could "own" the web was to give it away! Also refreshing is the lack of derison for the commercial side of the web.
For a book with such an inward perspective, however, it holds a lot for every reader.The everyday web buff now knows how it happened - blow by blow.The corporate reader now has something to glean a success story from and a starting point to tommorow's web technologies - which is enough justification for promoting this book as something more than just desktop decoration and board meeting small talk.
The programmer (IMHO) is the person to benefit the most , however.
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