“20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The Web” by Google Chrome Team

The Google Chrome team has created a guide “20 Things” to help explain complex but fascinating ideas about technology. It is expected that, Google Chrome Browser and the upcoming Chrome OS will run HTML5 powered Web Apps. This can be considered as Google’s attempt to increase appeal for HTML5 Web Apps. “20 Things” is built in HTML5, without usinf Flash for flipping the page.

The eBook, “20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The Web (20thingsilearned.com)”, answers basic questions every common internet user will have – such as:

  1. What is the Internet?
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. Web Apps
  4. HTML, JavaScript, CSS and more
  5. HTML5
  6. 3D in the Browser
  7. A Browser Madrigal
  8. Plug-ins
  9. Browser Extensions
  10. Synchronizing the Browser
  11. Browser Cookies
  12. Browsers and Privacy
  13. Malware, Phishing, and Security Risks
  14. How Modern Browsers Help Protect You From Malware and Phishing
  15. Using Web Addresses to Stay Safe
  16. IP Addresses and DNS
  17. Validating Identities Online
  18. Evolving to a Faster Web
  19. Open Source and Browsers
  20. 19 Things Later…

Foreword to 20 Things

Many of us these days depend on the World Wide Web to bring the world’s information to our fingertips, and put us in touch with people and events across the globe instantaneously.
These powerful online experiences are possible thanks to an open web that can be accessed by anyone through a web browser, on any Internet-connected device in the world.
But how do our browsers and the web actually work? How has the World Wide Web evolved into what we know and love today? And what do we need to know to navigate the web safely and efficiently?
“20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web” is a short guide for anyone who’s curious about the basics of browsers and the web. Here’s what you’ll find here:
First we’ll look at the Internet, the very backbone that allows the web to exist. We’ll also take a look at how the web is used today, through cloud computing and web apps.
Then, we’ll introduce the building blocks of web pages like HTML and JavaScript, and review how their invention and evolution have changed the websites you visit every day. We’ll also take a look at the modern browser and how it helps users browse the web more safely and securely.
Finally, we’ll look ahead to the exciting innovations in browsers and web technologies that we believe will give us all even faster and more immersive online experiences in the future.

Life as citizens of the web can be liberating and empowering, but also deserves some self-education. Just as we’d want to know various basic facts as citizens of our physical neighborhoods — water safety, key services, local businesses — it’s increasingly important to understand a similar set of information about our online lives. That’s the spirit in which we wrote this guide. Many of the examples used to illustrate the features and functionality of the browser often refer back to Chrome, the open-source browser that we know well. We hope you find this guide as enjoyable to read as we did to create.

Happy browsing!
The Google Chrome Team, November 2010

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