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Lesson 1

Web Development for the World Wide Web

Welcome to Internet Web Development. This course is designed to prepare you to understand Internet Web Development by providing an overview of entry-level knowledge of Internet technology. This is the first in a two-part series that teaches basic Internet terms and technologies. These are terms, types, and technologies you will use throughout your Web developing experience.

Course goals

After completing the course, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate and describe various content design methods for the Internet
  2. Evaluate concepts and types of e-commerce
  3. Determine Internet business models being used for various types of e-commerce
  4. Evaluate Internet development tools
  5. Describe legal issues of the Internet

In this course, you will have a dynamic learning experience by using interactive learning widgets such as the
  1. SlideShow and
  2. ToolTip
You will be able to put what you learn to work with various exercises and quizzes throughout the course.
For additional information, see the series Developing for the Internet is the first of two courses in the Internet Development Series.
The next module begins to introduce the main concepts of the course.

Internet History

The internet is a system architecture that has revolutionized communications and methods of commerce by allowing various computer networks around the world to interconnect. Sometimes referred to as a network of networks, the Internet emerged in the United States in the 1970s but did not become visible to the general public until the early 1990s. By the beginning of the 21st century, approximately 360 million people, or roughly 6 percent of the world's population, were estimated to have access to the Internet.
The Internet provides a capability so powerful and general that it can be used for almost any purpose that depends on information. It is accessible by every individual who connects to one of its networks and supports human communication by means of
  1. e-mail,
  2. chat rooms,
  3. newsgroups, and
  4. social networks.
The internet allows people to work collaboratively at many different locations. The Internet has proved to be a ground for a large and growing number of e-businesses that carry out most of their sales and services over the Internet. The Internet has dramatically transformed business as well as society.