The History of the Internet and the WWW
1. The History of the World Wide Web-
The internet started out as an information resource for the government
so that they could talk to each other. They called it "The Industrucable
Network" because it was so many computers linked to gether that if one server
went down, no-one would know. This report will mainly focus on the history of
the World Wide Web (WWW) because it is the fastest growing resource on the
internet. The internet consists of diferent protocals such as WWW, Gopher (Like
the WWW but text based), FTP (File Transfer Protocal), and Telnet (Allows you
to connect to different BBS's). There are many more smaller one's but they are
inumerable. A BBS is an abreviation for Bullitin Board Service. A BBS is a
computer that you can ether dial into or access from the Internet. BBS's are
normally text based.
2. The Creator of the WWW-
A graduate of Oxford University, England, Tim is now with the Laboratory
for Computer Science ( LCS)at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT).
He directs the W3 Consortium, an open forum of companies and organizations with
the mission to realize the full potential of the Web.
With a background of system design in real-time communications and text
processing software development, in 1989 he invented the World Wide Web, an
internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing. while
working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory. He spent two years
with Plessey elecommunications Ltd a major UK Telecom equipment manufacturer,
working on distributed transaction systems, message relays, and bar code
In 1978 Tim left Plessey to join D.G Nash Ltd, where he wrote among
other things typesetting software for intelligent printers, a multitasking
operating system, and a generic macro expander.
A year and a half spent as an independent consultant included a six
month stint as consultant software engineer at CERN, the European Particle
Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. Whilst there, he wrote for his own
private use his first program for storing information including using random
associations. Named "Enquire", and never published, this program formed the
conceptual basis for the future development of the World Wide Web. I could go on
and on forever telling you about this person, but my report is not about him.
From 1981 until 1984, Tim was a founding Director of Image Computer
Systems Ltd, with technical design responsibility. In 1984, he took up a
fellowship at CERN, to work on distributed real-time systems for scientific data
acquisition and system control.
In 1989, he proposed a global hypertext project, to be known as the
World Wide Web. Based on the earlier "Enquire" work, it was...