Synopses & Reviews
Whether you're a high school student looking for the latest info on your favorite rock group, or a seasoned attorney researching an old case, you're probably using Google. It seems like everyone is. And who can blame them? With access to more than three million documents in over 30 languages, Google is a researcher's dream. It's no wonder, then, that nearly 150 million Google searches are conducted each day. As a result, people are hungry to learn new ways to maximize its usefulness. Truth is, there are dozens upon dozens of techniques to learn each designed to make your Google search more time-efficient, more productive, and more fun. And this second editon of Google Hacks has the inside scoop on them all. An absolute must-have guide for anyone who searches the Internet and these days that's just about everybody Google Hacks takes its best-selling predecessor one step further. In plain language, Google Hacks is an updated collection of industrial-strength, real-world tested solutions to practical research problems. Best of all, each of its 100 hacks are easy to read and digest no confusing terminology or extraneous information to hamper your understanding. And although they can be read in just a few short minutes, when put to use, they can easily save you hours of research time. Now that's bang for your buck!
Google Hacks is a collection of industrial-strength, real-world, tested solutions to practical problems. The book offers a variety of interesting ways for power users to mine the enormous amount of information that Google has access to, and helps you have fun while doing it. You'll learn clever and powerful methods for using the advanced search interface and the new Google API, including how to build and modify scripts that can become custom business applications based on Google. Google Hacks contains 100 tips, tricks and scripts that you can use to become instantly more effective in your research. Each hack can be read in just a few minutes, but can save hours of searching for the right answers. Completely updated to reflect the major changes in the Google API and Google functionality, the new 2nd edition should continue the tradition of strong, steady sales set by ts predecessor.
An absolute must-have guide for anyone who conducts web searches using Google, this second edition of Google Hacks takes its best-selling predecessor one step further. In plain language, it is an updated collection of industrial-strength, real-world tested solutions to practical Google research problems. How has it improved, exactly? Well, not only does it feature dozens of refreshed hacks, the new edition also includes 25 completely new hacks for your searching pleasure. You can mine the enormous amount of information that Google has access to with complete and utter confidence, knowing that you're applying the very latest search techniques. With valuable material on gmail, quick links, mailing lists, and more, it's an indispensable tool. Best of all, each of its 100 hacks are easy to read and digest--no confusing terminology or extraneous information to hamper your understanding. And although they can be read in just a few short minutes, when put to use, they can easily save you hours of research time. Now that's bang for your buck!
About the Author
Rael Dornfest is Founder and CEO of Portland, Oregon-based Values of n. Rael leads the Values of n charge with passion, unearthly creativity, and a repertoire of puns and jokes - some of which are actually good. Prior to founding Values of n, he was O'Reilly's Chief Technical Officer, program chair for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (which he continues to chair), series editor of the bestselling Hacks book series, and instigator of O'Reilly's Rough Cuts early access program. He built Meerkat, the first web-based feed aggregator, was champion and co-author of the RSS 1.0 specification, and has written and contributed to six O'Reilly books. Rael's programmatic pride and joy is the nimble, open source blogging application Blosxom, the principles of which you'll find in the Values of n philosophy and embodied in Stikkit: Little yellow notes that think.
Tara Calishain is the creator of the site, ResearchBuzz. She is an expert on Internet search engines and how they can be used effectively in business situations.
Table of Contents
Dedication; Foreword; Foreword to the First Edition; Credits; About the Authors; Contributors; Acknowledgments; Preface; Why Google Hacks?; How This Book Is Organized; How to Use This Book; How to Run the Hacks; Where to Go for More; Conventions; Using Code Examples; Safari Enabled; How to Contact Us; Got a Hack?; Chapter 1: Web; 1.1 Hacks 1-20; 1.2 Google Web Search Basics; 1.3 Full-Word Wildcards; 1.4 The 10-Word Limit; 1.5 Special Syntax; 1.6 Mixing Syntax; 1.7 Advanced Search; 1.8 Quick Links; 1.9 Language Tools; 1.10 Anatomy of a Search Result; 1.11 Setting Preferences; 1.12 Understanding Google URLs; 1.13 Browse the Google Directory; 1.14 Glean a Snapshot of Google in Time; 1.15 Graph Google Results over Time; 1.16 Visualize Google Results; 1.17 Check Your Spelling; 1.18 Google Phonebook: Let Google's Fingers Do the Walking; 1.19 Think Global, Google Local; 1.20 Track Stocks; 1.21 Consult the Dictionary; 1.22 Look Up Definitions; 1.23 Search Article Archives; 1.24 Find Directories of Information; 1.25 Seek Out Weblog Commentary; 1.26 Cover Your Bases; 1.27 Repetition Matters; 1.28 Search a Particular Date Range; 1.29 Calculate Google Centuryshare; 1.30 Hack Your Own Google Search Form; 1.31 Go Beyond Google's Advanced Search; 1.32 Use Google Tools for Translators; Chapter 2: Advanced Web; 2.1 Hacks 21-49; 2.2 Assumptions; 2.3 Like a Version; 2.4 Capture Google Results in a Google Box; 2.5 Build Google Directory URLs; 2.6 Find Recipes; 2.7 Track Result Counts over Time; 2.8 Feel Really Lucky; 2.9 Get Random Results (on Purpose); 2.10 Permute a Query; 2.11 Weight a Query Keyword; 2.12 Restrict Searches to Top-Level Results; 2.13 Search for Special Characters; 2.14 Dig Deeper into Sites; 2.15 Summarize Results by Domain; 2.16 Measure Google Mindshare; 2.17 SafeSearch Certify URLs; 2.18 Search Google Topics; 2.19 Find the Largest Page; 2.20 Perform Proximity Searches; 2.21 Meander Your Google Neighborhood; 2.22 Run a Google Popularity Contest; 2.23 Scrape Yahoo! Buzz for a Google Search; 2.24 Compare Google's Results with Other Search Engines; 2.25 Scattersearch with Yahoo! and Google; 2.26 Yahoo! Directory Mindshare in Google; 2.27 Glean Weblog-Free Google Results; 2.28 Spot Trends with Geotargeting; 2.29 Bring the Google Calculator to the Command Line; 2.30 Build a Custom Date Range Search Form; 2.31 Search Yesterday's Index; Chapter 3: Images; 3.1 Hacks 50-53; 3.2 Google Images Advanced Search Interface; 3.3 Google Images Search Syntax; 3.4 Borrow a Corporate or Product Logo; 3.5 Browse the World Wide Photo Album; 3.6 Google Cartography: Street Art in Your Neighborhood; 3.7 Capture the Map; Chapter 4: News and Groups; 4.1 Hacks 54-58; 4.2 Google News; 4.3 Google News Search Syntax; 4.4 Advanced News Search; 4.5 Making the Most of Google News; 4.6 Receive Google News Alerts; 4.7 Beyond Google for News Search; 4.8 Scrape Google News; 4.9 Visualize Google News; 4.10 Google Groups; 4.11 10 Seconds of Hierarchy Funk; 4.12 Browsing Groups; 4.13 Google Groups Search Syntax; 4.14 Advanced Groups Search; 4.15 Go Deeper into Groups with Google Groups 2; 4.16 Scrape Google Groups; 4.17 Simplify Google Groups URLs; Chapter 5: Add-Ons; 5.1 Hacks 59-70; 5.2 Keep Tabs on Your Searches with Google Alerts; 5.3 Add Google to Your Toolbar or Desktop; 5.4 Google Your Desktop; 5.5 Google with Bookmarklets; 5.6 Google from Word; 5.7 Google by Email; 5.8 Google by Instant Messenger; 5.9 Google from IRC; 5.10 Google on the Go; 5.11 Visit the Google Labs; 5.12 Find Out What Google Thinks ___ Is; 5.13 The Search Engine Belt Buckle; Chapter 6: Gmail; 6.1 Hacks 71-80; 6.2 Gmail Search Syntax; 6.3 Additional Resources; 6.4 Glean a Gmail Invite; 6.5 Create and Use Custom Addresses; 6.6 Import Your Contacts into Gmail; 6.7 Import Mail into Gmail; 6.8 Export Your Gmail; 6.9 Take a Walk on the Lighter Side; 6.10 Gmail on the Go; 6.11 Use Gmail as a Linux Filesystem; 6.12 Use Gmail as a Windows Drive; 6.13 Program Gmail; Chapter 7: Ads; 7.1 Hacks 81-85; 7.2 Google AdSense; 7.3 Google AdWords; 7.4 Get the Most out of AdWords; 7.5 Generate Google AdWords; 7.6 Scrape Google AdWords; 7.7 Determine the Worth of AdWords Words; 7.8 Serve Backup Ads; Chapter 8: Webmastering; 8.1 Hacks 86-91; 8.2 Google's Importance to Webmasters; 8.3 The Mysterious PageRank; 8.4 The Equally Mysterious Ranking Algorithm; 8.5 Keeping Up with Google's Changes; 8.6 In a Word: Relax; 8.7 A Webmaster's Introduction to Google; 8.8 Get Inside the PageRank Algorithm; 8.9 26 Steps to 15K a Day; 8.10 Be a Good Search Engine Citizen; 8.11 Clean Up for a Google Visit; 8.12 Remove Your Materials from Google; Chapter 9: Programming Google; 9.1 Hacks 92-100; 9.2 Signing Up and Google's Terms; 9.3 The Google Web APIs Developer's Kit; 9.4 Using Your Google API Key; 9.5 What's WSDL?; 9.6 Understanding the Google API Query; 9.7 Understanding the Google API Response; 9.8 A Note on Spidering and Scraping; 9.9 Program Google in Perl; 9.10 Install the SOAP::Lite Perl Module; 9.11 Program Google with the Net::Google Perl Module; 9.12 Loop Around the 10-Result Limit; 9.13 Program Google in PHP; 9.14 Program Google in Java; 9.15 Program Google in Python; 9.16 Program Google in C# and .NET; 9.17 Program Google in VB.NET; Colophon;