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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
World Wide Web, variously abbreviated as Web, WWW or W3, is the name for the
comprehensive and interlocking system of computers, networks, daemons,
languages, browsers, servers, protocols, clients and documents. HTTP
(HyperText Transfer Protocol) is the standard for requests from Web clients (or
browsers) and data from Web servers (or sites or daemons). HTML (HyperText
Markup Language) is the formatting code that specifies the display and
functions of Web documents (or files). A Web browser is the program that runs
(relatively) locally and which is your interface to the W3. And a Web site is
that combination of computer hardware, network links, daemon software, and HTML
files which you need in order to provide information to the World Wide Web.
I was going to define client and server, too, but, believe me, W3 is *not* the
example to use if you want to portray a clear understanding of client/server.
Oh, you think so, eh? Then, which is the server, the program that fulfills the
data request, or the one that fulfills the display request? Or, if you're
using SlipKnot, which of httpd, lynx and SlipKnot is the client and which the
At any rate, you had better keep the definitions in the first paragraph clear
in your mind if you are going to use this book. It does provide an overview of
the entire system, but it doesn't provide an awful lot of information about any
one topic. After reading the book you may still not, for example, be
completely comfortable with setting up an Internet router or firewall. You
will know basic HTML, but not all the functions, by any means. Examples for
forms and applications use Perl scripts, but Perl, itself, is not discussed.
The CD included with the book contains a very comprehensive and useful set of
tools, clients, utilities and references. Programs for Windows include such
sought-after items as WIN32S; Trumpet Winsock; Lynx; Perl; SlipKnot; HTML
editors and assistants; viewers; email, news, Gopher and IRC clients; and
Netmanage's Chameleon. There are DOS and UNIX applications, as well as
Internet FYI, RFC and STD reference files.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 1995
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