Introducing: Web Development History

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Welcome to Web Development History. As the name suggests, it’ll be an ongoing chronicle of internet history — but from a development perspective. Most internet history books, websites, podcasts, etc, are from a business perspective. What’s missing, I believe, is an internet history with a technical point of view: which products were developed, the technologies used, how the web has changed over time, developmental trends, and so on.

Simply put, I want to describe how the web actually works and how that has evolved over the past 25-30 years. I’ll cover some pre-web history too, such as Douglas Engelbart’s innovations and influential pre-WWW software like Apple’s HyperCard.

My ultimate goal is to turn this website into a book. One of the reasons I’m writing it as a blog first is to gather reader feedback along the way. Web development is a deep, wide and sometimes complex subject (hello CSS! hello JavaScript!). So the more eyes that review the material before I turn it into a book, the better. Please do leave a comment, or contact me via email (webdevhistory AT or social media, if you spot any errors or omissions.

The first post on WDH has just gone up; it’s focused on 1995 and the birth of JavaScript. Let me know what you think…

3 Comments on "Introducing: Web Development History"

  1. Thank you for this project. The future dies without history. We desperately need a coherent retrospective on the current state of web technology and how we got here.


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