How to Program a Virtual Community

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A virtual community is an online space where people interact in a social sense. Using easy-to-understand directions and practical examples, Webmasters will learn how to successfully create these communities on their sites, and master expert tips and tricks that will bring people back to their site again and again.
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Overview

A virtual community is an online space where people interact in a social sense. Using easy-to-understand directions and practical examples, Webmasters will learn how to successfully create these communities on their sites, and master expert tips and tricks that will bring people back to their site again and again.
  • Easy, step-by-step instructions for the most popular solutions in text, 2D, and 3D
  • Shows readers how to create multi-user environments for their Web sites-in detail
  • Includes a multi-user companion Web site to encourage online discussions
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562765224
  • Publisher: Ziff-Davis Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 9.99 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1 What Is a Virtual Community?
Ch. 1 Meeting Your Neighbors in Cyberspace 2
Ch. 2 Three Types of Community 8
Ch. 3 A (Very) Brief History of Virtual Community 18
Ch. 4 The Five Building Blocks of Virtual Community 26
Ch. 5 Unique Issues for Virtual Communities 32
Pt. 2 Creating a Development Platform for Your Virtual Community 38
Ch. 6 What Software Applications Make a Virtual Community Work? 40
Ch. 7 Setting Up the Software for Local Development 46
Pt. 3 Avatars: Creating Costumes
Ch. 8 Making Avatars 64
Ch. 9 Putting Avatars Together in perIMUD 74
Ch. 10 Putting Avatars Together in The Palace 86
Ch. 11 Putting Avatars Together in Sony Community Place 94
Pt. 4 Places to Go: Making Great Locations 106
Ch. 12 Developing Locations: Virtual Architecture 108
Ch. 13 Putting Locations Together in perIMUD 122
Ch. 14 Putting Locations Together in The Palace 136
Ch. 15 Putting Locations Together in Sony Community Place 152
Pt. 5 Things to Do: Making Great Activities 160
Ch. 16 Creating Community Activities 162
Ch. 17 Putting Community Activities Together in perIMUD 178
Ch. 18 Putting Community Activities Together in The Palace 196
Ch. 19 Putting Community Activities Together in Sony Community Place 216
Pt. 6 Managing Your New Community 222
Ch. 20 How to Manage Your Community 224
Ch. 21 Managing Your perIMUD Community 242
Ch. 22 Managing Your Palace Community 254
Ch. 23 Managing Your Sony Community Place 268
Pt. 7 Creative Economics in Your Community 272
Ch. 24 The Virtual Economy 274
Ch. 25 Virtual Economy in perIMUD 282
Ch. 26 Virtual Economy in The Palace 292
Ch. 27 Virtual Economy in Sony Community Place 300
Pt. 8 Publishing Your Community on the Web 304
Ch. 28 Four Steps to Publishing Your Community 306
Ch. 29 Publishing Your perIMUD Community 312
Ch. 30 Publishing Your Palace Community 320
Ch. 31 Publishing Your Sony Community 328
Pt. 9 The Future of Virtual Community 334
Ch. 32 What's Hot in the Marketplace 336
Ch. 33 The Future of the Five Building Blocks 344
App. What's on the CD-ROM 352
Index 354
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