Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing

by Philip Greenspun

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  1. Envisioning a site that won't be featured in
  2. So you want to join the world's grubbiest club: Internet entrepreneurs
  3. Scalable systems for on-line communities
  4. Static site development
  5. Learn to program HTML in 21 minutes
  6. Adding images to your site
  7. Publicizing your site
  8. So you want to run your own server
  9. User tracking
  10. Sites that are really programs
  11. Sites that are really databases
  12. Database management systems
  13. Interfacing a relational database to the Web
  14. ecommerce
  15. Case studies
  16. Better living through chemistry
  17. A future so bright you'll need to wear sunglasses

Is it any good?

Bruce and Bart at Harold's, Holiday Inn, Parsippany, New Jersey. Maybe not. We used to use this as a textbook at MIT and then we discovered that undergraduates just wanted to read the minimum number of pages per week necessary to learn the material and get an A. For our latest and greatest step-by-step guide, look at Software Engineering for Internet Applications.

Otherwise if you don't want to read the preceding chapters, you can

What was it like to write?

Magnolia biting Alex.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Winston Churchill, 1949, speaking at Britain's National Book Exhibition about his World War II memoirs:
"Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public."
Steven Wright: "I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done."

me: "The book behind the book behind the book...".

Text and pictures copyright 1990-1998 Philip Greenspun. Most of the pictures are from the travel section of, except for the cover photo, which is by Elsa Dorfman.