In Weaving the Web, this low-profile genius tells his own story of the Web's origins - from its radical introduction and the creation of the now ubiquitous "www" and "http" acronyms to how he sees the future development of this revolutionary medium. Berners-Lee offers insights to help listeners understand the true nature of the Web, enabling them to use it to their fullest advantage. He shares his views on such critical issues as censorship, privacy, and the increasing power of software companies in the online world.
Copyright ©1999 by Tim Berners-Lee; (P) and ©1999 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.; Photo © Louis Fabian Bachrach
"The real reason to read this book... is to get [his] view of what is still to come." (Business Week)
"Anyone who needs to understand the most fundamental change in society since the Industrial Revolution must [hear this]." (Lew Wilks, Quest Communications)
"Weaving the Web" by Tim Berners-Lee is a must-read not only for computer or Internet geeks but for all of us who explore the philosophical layers of modern culture.
The book has two distinctive, though formally indistinguishable parts. The first one describes the web history, since its inception in 1989 and 1990, through the establishment of W3C consortium, till 1997 - the birth of XML.
This is very deep, fascinating and personal account written by the real creator of the Web.
However, the second part is even more interesting - and this is the best part of the book.
It explores the most important, philosophical tenents of the web - ideas that are fundamental, yet not really well known.
Let me mention only few:
* The principle of least power - the basic motivation behind the design of HTML and XML
* Neutralization of the net - the principle of non-biased services on the net
* Free choice and free speech right - realised by the unlimited right to link to everything
* A Universal space - the web can, in principle, hold ANY data and ANY object
Tim Berners-Lee shows the deep social significance of the web when he writes:
"Link by link we build paths of understanding across the web of humanity".
One of the best part of the book is that about Semantic Web - where in simple words, and through simple examples, Tim, explains this amazing idea of "web of data" or "web of meaning".
Even though, we still do not have Semantic Web in action, and we still do not understand why - Tim Berners-Lee enthusiasm, expressed in these chapters, gives us the hope, for the (r)evolution to come soon, and change the landscape of the net ...
It was total treat to hear Berners-Lee explain his vision of the world wide web and how the early years unfolded. What fascinated me most was how Berners Lee work was self-less, his goal to further undertanding, knowledge and communication. It's clear that the purity of his motive and others that followed him contributed greatly to expansion of the web. In a world where companies are trying to pattern the food supply, human genes etc. it's refreshing to find a scientist that had the vision of giving a gift to all of humanity for everyone to benefit. Listening to this book not only gives you an incite to the authors brilliant mind but also to his soul.
A concise telling of a complex story by the guy who knows. It's balanced, well edited, informative and enjoyable.
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