Internet Basics

Hossein Bidgoli, California State University, Bakersfield

Introduction

Information Superhighway and the World Wide Web

Domain Name Systems

Navigational Tools, Search Engines, and Directories

Navigational Tools

Directories and Search Engines

Internet Services That Support Electronic

What Is an Intranet?

Internet versus Intranets

Selected Applications of an Intranet

What Is an Extranet?

Selected Internet Applications

Tourism and Travel

Publishing

Higher Education

Real Estate

Employment

Banking and Brokerage Firms

Software Distribution

Healthcare

Politics

Glossary

Cross References

References

Further Reading

INTRODUCTION

This chapter provides a basic introduction to the Internet and Web technologies. It provides a brief history of the Internet and then explains domain name systems, navigational tools, and search engines. The chapter defines intranets and extranets and compares and contrasts them with the Internet. The chapter concludes with a brief survey of popular applications of the Internet in various industries and fields, including tourism and travel, publishing, higher education, real estate, employment, banking and brokerages, software distribution, healthcare, and politics. Other chapters throughout the Handbook discuss in more detail most of the topics presented here.

INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY AND THE WORLD WIDE WEB

The backbone of the information superhighway and electronic commerce (e-commerce) is the Internet. The Internet is a collection of millions of ...

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