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The Web Was Done by Amateurs

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This book stems from the desire to systematize and put down on paper essential historical facts about the Web, a system that has undoubtedly changed our lives in just a few decades. But how did it manage to become such a central pillar of modern society, such an indispensable component of our economic and social interactions? How did it evolve from its roots to today? Which competitors, if any, did it have to beat out? Who are the heroes behind its success?
These are the sort of questions that the book addresses. Divided into four parts, it follows and critically reflects on the Web's historical path. "Part I: The Origins" covers the prehistory of the Web. It examines the technology that predated the Web and fostered its birth. In turn, "Part II: The Web" describes the original Web proposal as defined in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee and the most relevant technologies associated with it. "Part III: The Patches" combines a historical reconstruction of the Web's evolution with a more critical analysis of its original definition and the necessary changes made to the initial design. In closing, "Part IV: System Engineering" approaches the Web as an engineered infrastructure and reflects on its technical and societal success.

The book is unique in its approach, combining historical facts with the technological evolution of the Web. It was written with a technologically engaged and knowledge-thirsty readership in mind, ranging from curious daily Web users to undergraduate computer science and engineering students.

Aiello (Univ. of Stuttgart, Germany) documents the history of the Web in this small but informative volume. An excellent resource, particularly for students and professionals in computer science and engineering. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels. (C. Tappert, Choice, Vol. 56 (7), March, 2019)


The son of two computer scientists, Marco Aiello was exposed early to computers. At the age of three he met Turing Award winner Alan Kay; at eight he wrote his first computer program in Logo on a TI-99/4A. In the early days of the Web, while an intern at Apple Computer in Cupertino, he wrote his first set of Web Common Gateway Interfaces. He then pursued an academic career in Europe. Currently he is Professor of Service Computing at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He is a prolific author in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence having written over 150 scientific papers and books.

THE ORIGINS: The Pacific-Ocean Internet.- Hypermedia Until the Web.- THE WEB: The Original Web Pattern.-  The Browser Lament.- THE PATCHES: Patching the Web.- Patch IV, Web Services.- The Unexploited Patch.- SYSTEM ENGINEERING: The Self-Organizing Web.- The Pervasive Future.- Should a New Web Be Designed?.- Dr. Dob's Interview with Alan Kay.- References.- Index.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: The Web Was Done by Amateurs
Code EAN: 9783319900070
ISBN: 3319900072
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Springer International Publishing
nombre de pages: 188
Poids: 295g
Taille: H235mm x B155mm x T10mm
Année: 2018
Auflage: 1st ed. 2018