16.1 Spinning the Web

Many people use the words Internet and Web interchangeably, but in reality they are fundamentally different. The details of computer networks were discussed in Chapter 15. Networks have been used to connect computers since the 1950s. Communication via the Internet has been possible for many years, but in the early days that communication was almost exclusively accomplished via text-based email and basic file exchanges.

Compared to the Internet, the World Wide Web (or simply the Web) is a relatively new idea. The Web is an infrastructure of distributed information combined with software that uses networks as a vehicle to exchange that information. A web page is a document that contains or references various kinds of data, ...

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