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Chapter 8. The Internet and the World Wide Web > The Technology of the Internet

The Technology of the Internet

Part One of this book was primarily about the business issues for Internet commerce. Understanding the business is really the first step in planning a successful system for Internet commerce. In Part Two, we delve into the technology used to make those business plans real. We will be discussing both the core principles underlying the technology (such as how to think about security for Internet commerce) and some current technology components (such as some of the communications protocols used on the Internet today). The core principles provide some guidance for making decisions in the face of rapid technological change, whereas the discussion of current technologies provides some understanding of how to put them to work, as well as demonstrating how the core principles can be applied.

In this chapter, we begin with a look at the fundamental technologies of the Internet, starting with the core protocols (TCP/IP) and moving to some of the main applications, such as the World Wide Web. We also examine some of the fundamental design principles of the Internet. Understanding these principles not only helps us understand the technology but also helps us build on the accumulated experience of the Internet for designing new systems.


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