Chapter 1. Understanding Mashup Patterns

Collaborators welcome!1

1. From Tim Berners-Lee’s first public Usenet post announcing the public availability of the first Web server and browser in 1991.

Introduction

When the World Wide Web was first unveiled, “collaborators” referred to one small segment of the population: nerds.2 The first browser ran on a computer that almost no one outside of a university or research lab used.3 The Web itself consisted of a lone site4 (WWW Growth, Figure 1.1). Yet from this singularity, a new universe would soon emerge.

Figure 1.1 The growth of the World Wide Web: number of Web sites, 1990–2000

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2. A contingent of ...

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