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

Author: Tim Berners-Lee
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ISBN: 006251587X
Publisher: HarperBusiness (07 November, 2000)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 41,002
Average Customer Rating: 4.21 out of 5

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Rating: 5 out of 5
While he doesn't enjoy the fame or fortune of a mega mortal such as Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee is more than a major player in the world of the Web - he invented it. Dubbed one of the greatest minds of the 20th century by Time magazine, Berners-Lee is a visionary who relates how he created the World Wide Web, and what it means.

He describes the Web's true nature, some of which helps us use it to better advantage. In addition, he offers his thinking regarding censorship, privacy, and the titan-like companies that have evolved.

Now director of the World Wide Web Consortium, Berners-Lee has provided a lucid and compelling outline of today and tomorrow.

- Gail Cooke

Rating: 5 out of 5
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.

Berners-Lee is a very modest man, and tells a good story that makes you feel you were there.

He then takes us through his plans for the future of the WWW; obviously there are greater commercial forces now at play that might foil his plans, but good luck to him in his endeavours.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Great Bit History You've Never Heard Before
This the real history behind the World Wide Web told by its creator/inventor Tim Berners-Lee. The author writes about the events leading up to the emergence of the web as a worldwide phenomenon in the mid-1990's.

It was surprising to read about how much promoting and convincing Berners-Lee had to do in order to mobilize people to use the web. Also, the web isn't exactly aligned with Berners-Lee's original vision. He imagined a web in which users created content and information, rather than mostly read and react to it. Tim writes about steps that can be taken to steer the web toward that type of experience.

The last two chapters, which summarize the author's vision for the future of the web, seemed a little unorganized and difficult to follow. It was as if the author was tired and inable to communicate a well-structured sequence of ideas. Perhaps I was just tired of reading (it was pretty late when I finished).

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