CS 10 Homework 1
Due by the beginning of class Tuesday, January 28
- If you haven't already done so, please write a short paragraph about
yourself and email it to me as soon
as possible. Please tell me the following information (and anything else you
would like me to know).
- Why are you taking CS 10?
- Is there anything you would especially like us to focus on this semester?
- How much computer experience (if any) do you have?
- How comfortable are you using Windows?
- Have you ever done any programming? If so, how much and in which language(s)?
- What is your preferred email address?
- Read the excerpt from Fire in the Valley which was handed out in
- Read Weaving the Web Chapters 1 through 4 and write a one or two
page response. I will post everyone's reactions on the CS 10 web page so that
you can see what your classmates had to say.
Here are some questions to
keep in mind as you read. You don't necessarily have to address all of them in
your written comments, although you can if you like, but you should think about
them and be ready to discuss them in class.
- How does the Web differ from other major communications inventions such
as the telegraph, the telephone, radio, and television? How do you think the
Web rates (or ultimately will turn out to rate) in terms of significance,
compared to these other inventions? Why?
- What were the key ideas or technologies that paved the way for the
development of the Web (aside from the obvious development of computers)?
- What role, if any, do you think the CERN environment played in helping to
shape the early development and vision of the Web? How likely do you think it
is that the Web could have originated in a less academically-oriented
environment, such as a corporate research lab?
- What were the key characteristics of the Web's design that led to its
phenomenal growth and success?
- What is the difference between the Web and the Internet?
- What is the main difference between the popular browsers available today
(such as Netscape or Internet Explorer) and Tim Berners-Lee's original Web
- What were the principal factors that guided the design of the original HTML
- What aspects of the Web's early history do you find the most interesting or
Turning in your homework
Write up your reactions from Part 3 as either a plain text file (preferred), or
a Microsoft Word file. Email it to
me as an attachment with the subject line Your name HW 1. You do
not need to turn in a hardcopy printout.