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Weaving the web: The Past, Present and Future of the World Wide Web by its Inventor

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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 ser ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 2000 by Texere (first published 1999)
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First third was interesting as TBL was closely involved in championing and shaping the Internet by introducing the web. Second third of the book was less interesting as he related his time spent on the W3C organization. Last third was a bit dull as he speculated on the future of the web. The book lost steam by the end.
an ok memoir but damn tim you have some bad ideas.
Nolan Egly
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, recounts the history of how the Web was initially inspired, championed as a worthwhile project while working at the international research facility CERN, slowly grown in and outside of CERN, and eventually became governed by a new consortium (the W3C) still in effect today. The book is not a technical manual, and is meant to be an account readable by laypeople.

Tim starts by describing his need to link disparate types of information together w
Daniel Wheeler
Apr 25, 2013 Daniel Wheeler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Millions of people use the internet everyday but most of them don't know the history of it or how it works. Weaving the Web, written by Tim Berner's Lee, was written at the height of the Dot Com boom in 1999. It is a first hand account of how the World Wide web was born.

The book is about the journey that Tim Berner's Lee took to create the world wide web today as we know it. Tim worked at CERN( European Organization for Nuclear Research) which is a large hadron collider in France. The researche
Naomi Penfold
Feb 20, 2017 Naomi Penfold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An insight into the hopes and aspirations for what the World Wide Web could be, from its creator. It was interesting to hear the serendipitous beginnings of the web, a tale that further supports the call to fund blue sky research, or at least to not impose the need for application on an inventor's activities too early in the process. There were several points throughout the book when TBL's thoughts are very relevant to today's political situation: we have in our hands a tool that could allow our ...more
Michael Connolly
This is an autobiographical book by the creator of the World Wide Web. He gives plenty of credit to the other people involved.
Tim Berners-Lee graduated in 1976 from Oxford University with a degree in Physics. In 1980 he moved to CERN, a huge experimental physics laboratory in Geneva. His basic idea was to combine hypertext (intra-document cross-references) with the Internet (inter-machine connections) to create the World Wide Web. He worked on his ideas for several years and his software underw
Katie Daniels
After trying to talk myself out of buying yet another book when so many needed to be read, I finally broke down and bought "Weaving the Web." I picked it up out of the mailbox at about 5 PM last night, and I finished it today. Clearly I needed it every bit as much as I thought I did.

"Weaving the Web" is the gripping story of how the World Wide Web came into existence. It was invented, and we know who the inventor is. This is his story of his goals, what inspired him to start writing the softwar
Writer Lev Grossman has chosen to discuss Tim Berners-Lee’s Weaving the Web: The Past, Present and Future of the World Wide Web by its Inventor on FiveBooks as one of the top five on his subject- The World Wide Web, saying that:

"...This book is extremely engaging and readable. It’s very similar in some ways to Francis Crick’sThe Double Helix, and he really just talks about where his invention came from, how it happened, and what everything you read about the history of the Internet tells you t
Sep 03, 2011 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not done yet, and have hardly begun!

But already, for a subject that would otherwise be really dry to write about and to read, Tim Berners-Lee writes easy going sentences, that easily help any reader along. I don't necessarily understand everything about what I'm reading yet, but Berners-Lee writes in a way that I am finding enjoyable to read so far, and not so complicated to understand. For such an otherwise dry subject for most, his writing is making it an enjoyable experience so far, piqu
Dec 16, 2015 Julian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weaving the Web touched on the philosophical underpinnings of the Web which I loved. Highlighted is the fact the Internet exists to allow the free exchange of idea throughout humanity. Any organization that limits or throttles the content we consume or produce is against the very spirit of the Internet.

The history of the web as explained by Tim is as real and personal as it gets. It outshines the dry factual notes I got as a Computer Science undergraduate. To understand the professional struggl
Jun 24, 2016 Leonardo marked it as considering  ·  review of another edition
Es difícil recordar cómo eran las cosas en 1980, cuando un joven ingeniero informático del CERN, el Centro Europeo de Investigación Nuclear de Ginebra, empezó a pensar en el modo de acceder a partes y fragmentos dispares V no jerárquicos de conocimiento y vincularlos entre sí. Denominado a menudo el padre de la World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee recuerda en su libro "Tejiendo la red" sus días en el CERN, donde «escribí Enquire, mi primer programa similar a la web... en mi tiempo libre y para mi uso ...more
Aug 05, 2014 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
The first part is a history of what motivated him to develop the web, how he did it, why it beat the other hypertext systems, and the early browser wars. The second part was his vision for the web and his ideas about how it could change society. This is a 15 year old book so it's interesting that some things are developing along the lines he expected, but in a slightly different way. And others, not so much. The Semantic Web never really happened like he described, I've never even heard of RDF. ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Marca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting. I was already in the workplace when computers arrived on the scene so I remember much of what Berners-Lee writes about. He is the person who envisioned and developed the World Wild Web. We have him to thank for being able to write reviews on Goodreads. His vision of the web as a place to collaborate is now upon us, but he is modest. He also tones down the tech-speak so non-techies like me can easily understand. This understated book tells of the beginnings of something most of ...more
Brad Acker
Oct 04, 2010 Brad Acker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tim Berners-Lee provides a first-hand account of how the Web interface into the Internet was developed at CERN. I enjoy reading such first-hand accounts because you often learn about the personal motivations and wonder about the "butterfly effect" and Malcom Gladwell's observation that "little things make a big difference." (If Tim had not had mathematicians for parents who programmed the first commercial computer would he have found himself in a "butterfly-like" position to revolutionize the In ...more
Tommy /|\
Mar 23, 2013 Tommy /|\ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Berners-Lee writes a very fun and informative treatise on his experiences towards creating the Web as we utilize it today. The first nine chapters detail his background and history, up to his move to the United States. A lot of the material describing the internal workings of the CERN environment were absolutely compelling material. The rest of the book follows his work within the W3C, along with his long-range vision of the Web. While the book holds a time-frame of 1999/2000 - much of his obser ...more
Though a bit old, the first 2/3 of the book are very informative. Tim does an excellent job of explaining the infrastructure of the Internet in a very clear way. He leads us through the development of browsers and the world wide Web without condescending to non computer scientists, but also in a clear and interesting way. The last third, however, is a bit out of date. It's well written and provides a window into his psyche as he was contemplating the future of the Internet in 1999.
Krishna Kumar
Tim Berners-Lee provides a brief history about how the World Wide Web was conceived and established itself. His research at CERN, Geneva laid the foundations for web-based technologies. The author also talks about his efforts to promote web-related efforts through the World Wide Web Consortium. The book is useful for a historical view of the development of web standards, but it is a little outdated in some of its predictions, especially those related to search engines.
Adam Wiggins
Rambling but informative story of the birth of HTML, HTTP, and web browsers.

Berners-Lee's big insight: deciding to combine hypertext (common in help systems or other local document structures) with the Internet (DNS + TCP/IP making it possible to address any computer on the worldwide network).

Since it was written in 2000, his description of what he considers the upcoming breakthrough technologies (semantic web, PICS for content filtering, etc) are of course woefully out of date.
Oct 29, 2014 Elly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book for a computer science class. Unless you are seriously interested in how WWW was created I don't recommend! It is meant to be a book anyone could read, but all the technical terms, people, and places just kept getting jumbled in my head. Only read if you 100% are interested!!
Roberto Rigolin Ferreira Lopes
We are in 1999, Berners-Lee goes about telling an honest account on how the www started. Sharing the hurdles to get funding at CERN and to convince people to use the system; phone book was the killer application. His colleagues even made jokes about the "world wide web" name and he had to move to MIT to start the W3C. Heck, is pretty damn hard change the world.
Jan 26, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartography
Firsthand account by a hugely influential individual, with the insight and practical knowledge to create a system that combined computer networks and hyperlinks.

A system planned and built to never be controlled...

Fortunately, Tim is also a solid writer. A personal and universal story, well told.

Sep 15, 2010 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the very nerdy (which I am...). What is most interesting about Berners-Lee is his vision. Most people who use the web have no idea what it is or how it works. Berners-Lee has understood it's amazing potential from the beginning, and continues to advocate for a WWW that will improve people's lives.
Jan 03, 2017 Alana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting beginning history of the web. Especially if you remember some of the early technologies before http and html. The second half about predictions was kind of flat for me since I was looking more interested in history. Though I'm sure someone has compared Sir Tim's predictions to actual occurrences and that could be a fascinating read.
Aug 26, 2008 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Christopher by: Steven Forth
Not only is this book fascinating for its the story, but this book should be required reading for anyone whose job utilizes the web. As the old saying goes: To know where we are headed one should know where we have been. Remarkable that this book was written in 1999 and many of the key concepts were in Berners-Lee's head a decade before.
Ray Hill
Aug 27, 2013 Ray Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business-books
The man who invented the World Wide Web tells you the story of how it came to be, and where he hopes it will go. Essential reading for anyone who works in the web industry, and recommended reading for anyone who uses the web. You don't need to be a CS major to get a lot our of this. I highly recommend the audiobook, read by Sir Tim Berners-Lee himself.
Drew Weatherton
I appreciate the importance of Tim Berners-Lee in the creation of the web and I enjoyed hearing the details about how the web was formed. Beware though that much of the book is spent spouting opinions about the direction the web should go and talking about a future that is very much in the past at times.
Sep 03, 2007 za rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aku merasa beruntung bisa membaca buku ini. Buku ini ditulis oleh sang penemu WWW, World Wide Web. Teknologi yang meletupkan nama Internet! Nama Berners Lee memang tak tenar. WWW, merupakan hasil temuannya di tempat penelitian nuklir, CERN.

Aku pernah menulis tulisan singkat soal buku ini. Namun entah terserak dimana sekarang.
John Orman
Sep 19, 2012 John Orman is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Tells the tale of how Berners-Lee, while working at the particle physics research center CERN, married the known fields of hypertext and the Internet to form the concept and implementation of the World Wide Web. Built on the shoulders of other visionaries, the Web emerged to revolutionize the digital world.
Oh, what a Web he wove!
May 28, 2012 Rohan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book started off well but ended with Tim getting too technical on some of the internal projects that W3C had planned for the future during the time this book was published (1999). Nonetheless, the book gives a good account of the challenges faced by Tim while trying to build the web. My respect for Sir Tim Berners-Lee has increased ten folds after reading this book.
Dec 21, 2016 Ross rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting history of how the world-wide-web came to be.
You definitely need to be computer literate to understand the book, but I suppose if you are not computer literate it would not occur to you read the book.
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Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, DFBCS (born 8 June 1955), also known as "TimBL", is a British computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989, and he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet ...more
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