Web @ 30


Web @ 30: The first web server

Source:  Cliff Saran

Computer Weekly was fortunate enough to visit Cern, home of the large Hadron Collider, during the 20th anniversary of the WWW. This image shows Sir Tim Berners-Lee standing by the original NeXT workstation he used to run the the web. The web's http protocol has two parts: at httpd server for serving web pages and an html web browser, for viewing these pages.

The NeXT computer used to be carried around to different academic and research institutes so that others could see what the WWW looked like.

Berners-Lee could not have anticipated that his invention would have such a profound impact on society. Who would have thought in 1989 that with just a few taps on a touchscreen-enabled device or the click of a mouse, a global connected web would make it possible for someone to stream music and movies; transfer money and pay for goods instantly;order a pizza; book a foreign holiday and arrange a taxi pickup.

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