Inside the World Wide Web
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Inside the World Wide Web;
Steven Vaughan-Nichols, Rob Tidrow,
Loren Buhle, Jason Kuffer, and Joel Taylor;
New Riders Publishing; ISBN: 1-56205-412-0;
soft cover, 1030 pages, includes CD;
Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "By the last page
of this book there are few who will feel that they
haven't received full bang for the buck."
Finding Your Way on the World Wide Web
This is another one of those "Inside" books
from New Riders Publishing, designed to
give us everything we need to know about
a subject, and then some. The authorial team
of five highly-qualified specialists is supported
by a solid back-up squad that is the trademark
of these exhaustive "what about and how to" manuals.
The World Wide Web is a fun-to-use service that
gives us the freedom to leapfrog from resource
to resource on the Internet using linkages. Only
three years up and running the 'Web has attracted
intense interest, and is credited with bringing the
commercial sector online at warp speed.
Business quickly realized that this wondrous
communications tool would allow them to place
their goods and services before the entire world
as never before. Every vendor, regardless of size,
could now join the Internet's marketplace on an
equal footing with all of the other buyers and sellers.
For example, the editor of the print media in which
you are reading this review, received it via e-mail,
or down loaded it from my Web Site. The one that
you may be looking at right now.
"Inside the World Wide Web" assumes that the
reader has a reasonable level of knowledge and
an insatiable thirst to know more about the subject.
Based on this, the book and accompanying
CD-ROM teaches us how well the 'Web works and
how we can use it to enhance our endeavors.
While the book's size may be intimidating, its content
is so well organized and presented that, rather than
being overwhelmed, the reader is smoothly carried
through an unfolding sequence of 29 chapters in
Each chapter begins with specific objectives, has
icon-identified "Notes," and clear, legible screen
reproductions. There are exhaustive lists and
examples of resources and tools to illustrate and
enlarge the how-to sections. Most important of all,
the reader is given the opportunity to work through
the exercises that lead to confident understanding.
This judgement base enables a rational measuring
of how and why one might exercise the option to join
the WWW marketplace. The bonus is that the reader
may then, either set up a homepage, or intelligently
oversee the project.
The CD-ROM is as valuable as the book itself. There
is a cross-section of Web-related software utilities
including Acrobat, which while it doesn't marry PC
to Mac, it certainly initiates a swell affair.
The finely detailed index is a big help, but one minor
cavil, a glossary would have been nice!
As for "Inside the World Wide Web's" value? By the
last page there are few who will feel that they haven't
received full bang for the buck.
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