WWW: Beyond the Basics

Rohit Khare (rohit@uci.edu)
Mon, 24 May 1999 16:49:44 -0700

[There's more than one way to edit a cat... Marc Abrams got his grad
students to write a 928 page 'survey' of Web technology. Not a bad
way to inflate your publication count. My question is, how credulous
was Prentice-Hall to push something like this?

How about a REAL web book for propeller-heads? a compendium of the
relevant specs and hardcore papers, leavened with a rasher of blunt
political history?... Hmm... RK]

The full text of the book is online (for purchasers; first three
chaps free) at http://www.prenhall.com/abrams/. Oh, and they have a
lousy typographer for their cover art. I don't know how much to hold
that against them.

"The original versions of the articles were written by graduate
students who took a class from me at Virginia Tech in the Fall of
1996. Following the posting of the articles on the Web, I received
numerous comments from around the world on the book, and requests for
a hardcopy edition. At the same time, the World Wide Web has been
growing up. The most rapid changes have occurred in the social issue
of freedom of speech in the Internet, and in the technical areas of
HTML, Java, Objects, and Web access through non-PC based devices.
Thus in preparing a printed version, I worked with one of the
authors, Ashish Shah, to reorganize, revise, update, and in some
cases extensively rewrite the material to develop a coherent picture
of the Web. "

Bet you never knew there was one --
"[STAR95] Stark, Thom. "The Marc Andreessen Interview Page."
<http://www.dnai.com/~thomst/marca.html> (21 Oct. 1997). "

He spends more time recounting the history of Java than the Web, but
it's still a substantially accurate presentation of the 1990s
timeline: http://www.prenhall.com/abrams/demo/chap1/web_hist.html --
going further means plumbing the social dynamics and list archives, a
far deeper project (that still ought to be done!)

For a far more idiosyncratic, Nelsonian-interface, timelined history,
see http://www.internetvalley.com/intval.html.

Oh, and if you really are too cheap -- or cynical enough to want to
see what value Marc and his Indian grad slave added -- ;-) -- compare
it to the originals at http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~wwwbtb/book/ ... they did
bulk it up quite a bit.



1. History of the Web
2. Web Demographics
3. Web Access for the Masses

II. Publishing
4. HTML: Origins, Owners, Good Practices
5. Graphical Design

III. Technology
6. Web Applications
7. Common Gateway Interface
8. Java
9. WWW & Object Technology
10. Common Object Request Broker Architecture
11. Java Security
12. Cryptography
13. Electronic Commerce
14. Searching for Documents on the Web

IV. Media
15. Real-time Audio & Video
16. Wireless Connectivity
17. Imaging with PhotoCDs

V. Social Aspects
18. Intellectual Property on the Web
19. Freedom of Speech
20. Collaboration
21. Education
22. Web Related Careers

VI. The Future
23. HTTP: Present and Future
24. Caching and New Ways to Improve Response Time
25. Ubiquitous Internet Computing

World Wide Web : Beyond the Basics
by Marc Abrams (Editor)

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Paperback - 950 pages (March 1998)
Prentice Hall College Div; ISBN: 0139547851 ; Dimensions (in inches):
0.96 x 9.20 x 7.06
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Created for student and professional users of the Web, this book and
companion Web site cover everything you need to know about existing
and evolving Web technologies. With new techniques, developments, and
standards being proposed daily, a resource is needed that
concentrates on the fundamental issues but provides you with easy
access to current Internet information. Dr. Abrams provides the
ultimate World Wide Web learning package that includes a book and a
companion Web site with hundreds of links that are maintained to
connect you to new and advanced information on the Internet.
From the Back Cover
Key Benefit: This objective of this valuable resource book is
two-fold-(1) compile the various facets of existing WWW technology
into a comprehensible whole, and (2) reorganize this vast information
base into fundamental, manageable divisions. Key Topics: The material
in the book caters to both novice users of the WWW-who want a
fundamental knowledge about existing and evolving Web technology-and
professional users-who want in-depth information on specific topics.

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Average Customer Review: Number of Reviews: 1
A reader from Alexandria VA , June 29, 1998
This book is on the WEB!
This book was written by a group of graduate students as a
requirement for a class that Marc Abrams was teaching.