St.Vincent's Web Results project - a trip to the World Wide Web museum
By Michael.Czapski on Sep 04, 2009
Way back, when the Web was young and the number of World Wide Web sites in the whole World was counted in thousands, I built Australia's first Web-based Diagnostic Results Reporting application. St.Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, where I worked then, had the benefit of it for a bunch of years after I left for greener pastures. It has long since been superseded by something better, slicker and more modern. Today's state of the art is tomorrow's museum piece ...
While I am not usually given to bragging, I am proud of the application all the same, when I remember that it happened, which is not very often at all. It was recalled to me by a couple of people whom I met after a very long time, in the last couple of weeks, so I though I will see if the conference paper I submitted to the First Asia-Pacific World Wide Web Conference, held in Sydney in 1995, is still on line. Alas, Charles Sturt University, which, until about 6 months ago, hosted the conference papers, no longer hosts them. I am still amazed that it hosted them for so many years - more then 10 - and only now retired the site.
To preserve the paper for a bit longer, and show what the state of the art in web design looked like in 1995, I uploaded the paper to the blog site. It is available through teh original artcile, St.Vincent’s Web Results project – a trip to the World Wide Web museum, at http://blogs.czapski.id.au/2009/09/st-vincents-web-results-project-a-trip-to-the-world-wide-web-museum. Some pictures are irretrivably gone - I don't have the original material so some links are broken.
For these who are too young to remember, in 1993, when I started the project
- The only way to design web pages was using a text editor and typing HTML (which graduated to version 2.0 half way through the project)
- There was no such thing as Internet Explorer - in fact Microsoft was in the middle of creating "The Microsoft Network" in competition to the Internet - it never went very far
- There was no such thing a Netscape Navigator - the only graphical web browser in existence was the Mosaic Browser from the National Center for Suppercomputing Applications (NCSA). A couple of the guys who built the Mosaic browser left to start Netscape and made a mint on it
- There were two kinds of web servers - the CERN httpd and the NCSA httpd. The NCSA httpd eventually became the Appache Web Server
- The only way for a Windows machine to connect to the Internet was to install the Trumpet Winsock TCP/IP stack, which Peter Tattam from Tasmania released to the World
- There was no commercial anything on the Internet, no sites, no adds, no cookies,...
- It was in 1995 at the First Asia-Apcific World Wide Web Conference in Sydney that I first saw Java and the HotJava Browser - while Java is still with us the HotJava Browser never go very far.
These were interesting days ...