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These sections outline a recent history of the World Wide and a simple description of how much of the Internet is "put together."

Welcome! This one-day workshop will give you an overview of what it means to be a World Wide Web server administrator. It covers:

  • fundamental hardware and software issues
  • specific server software for Unix, Windows, and Macintosh computers,
  • access control issues
  • log file analysis and URL integrity
  • design issues for creating useful information systems
  • the basics of CGI scripting using Perl
  • specific library issues like staffing, and your OPAC

The keyword in the workshop's title is becoming. This workshop will not make you an expert overnight. Rather, this workshop is intended to give you an introduction of the technology in terms of its strengths and weaknesses.

The World Wide Web (and the Internet in general) is in its infancy. Consequently, there is so much to learn and so much change that it is impossible to bestoe on you everything you needed to know about WWW server administration in one day. For this reason, the handout is riddled with URLs and you are encouraged to follow up on topics of interest with these pointers.

I hope you enjoy the workshop, and I hope you all go away ready to "make some waves." Let's begin with a bit of a history lesson and background on how the technology works.


  1. History of the WWW
  2. Client/server model of computing
  3. Hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP)
  4. Comparing WWW to other Internet services

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Last updated: 2004/12/23. See the release notes.
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