20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

A good book with simple wording and excellent illustrations – how much better can it get? Add the magic touch of Google and the creativity of Christoph Niemann, and you will have something brilliant in your hands. That’s exactly what the book 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web is.

For many of you, the contents of the book will probably not be new. It answers “life’s simplest questions” such as:

  • What is a cookie? (You know full well that it’s not what you steal from the jar when mum is not looking.)
  • What is this thing called cloud computing? (Yes, we hear and read about it left and right, but not everyone knows exactly what it is about.)
  • Web apps are…?
  • What’s the difference between HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and so on?  (Is there a difference?)

Believe it or not, the average person (even one who may claim to be a chic geek) may not know the exact answers; furthermore, many might be too embarrassed to actually come out and ask the questions!  If you are one of those, there is no need to be embarrassed – just visit the book’s site and read the whole thing yourself! ((Source: 20 Things I Learned))

You know what is really cool about the book, though?  The illustrations that accompany the text.  They were done by artist Christoph Niemann, whose illustrations have impressed countless readers of The New Yorker, Newsweek, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, and American Illustration.  To be honest, I didn’t know about him before I stumbled upon the book, but from what I have seen and read now, this guy is one heck of an illustrator!  Here’s a little taste of his work. This one’s from the book. (Disclaimer: Any screenshot I show you will not do the work any justice.)

Here’s another one, which I absolutely love. ((Source: Christoph Niemann))

If you find some free time in your hands, you really ought to check out this book.

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