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Google Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools [Paperback]

Tara Calishain , Rael Dornfest
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10 Mar 2003

The Internet puts a wealth of information at your fingertips, and all you have to know is how to find it. Google is your ultimate research tool--a search engine that indexes more than 2.4 billion web pages, in more than 30 languages, conducting more than 150 million searches a day. The more you know about Google, the better you are at pulling data off the Web. You've got a cadre of techniques up your sleeve--tricks you've learned from practice, from exchanging ideas with others, and from plain old trial and error--but you're always looking for better ways to search. It's the "hacker" in you: not the troublemaking kind, but the kind who really drives innovation by trying new ways to get things done. If this is you, then you'll find new inspiration (and valuable tools, too) in Google Hacks from O'Reilly's new Hacks Series.

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.

Written by experts for intelligent, advanced users, O'Reilly's new Hacks Series have begun to reclaim the term "hacking" for the good guys. In recent years the term "hacker" has come to be associated with those nefarious black hats who break into other people's computers to snoop, steal information, or disrupt Internet traffic. But the term originally had a much more benign meaning, and you'll still hear it used this way whenever developers get together. Our new Hacks Series is written in the spirit of true hackers--the people who drive innovation.

If you're a Google power user, you'll find the technical edge you're looking for in Google Hacks.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (10 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596004478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596004477
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 734,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everyone loves Google, and it's the first place many people turn to locate information on the Internet. There's a big gap, though, between knowing that you can use Google to get advanced information on your blind date and having a handle on the considerable roster of fact-finding tools that the site makes available. Google Hacks reveals--and documents in considerable detail--a large collection of Google capabilities that many readers won't have even been aware of. Want to find the best price on a pair of leg warmers? Try the Froogle price-searcher that's hidden within the Google site. Interested in finding Weblog commentary about a particular subject? Tara Calishain and Rael Dornfest call your attention to the special Google syntaxes for that purpose. This book makes it clear that there's lots more to the Google site than typing in a few keywords and trusting the search engine to yield useful results.

If you're a programmer--or even just familiar with an HTML or a scripting language--Google opens up even further. A large part of Google Hacks concerns itself with the Google API (the collection of capabilities that Google exposes for use by software) and other programmers' resources. For example, the authors include a simple Perl application that queries the Google engine with terms specified by the user. They also document XooMLe, which delivers Google results in XML form. In brief, this is the best compendium of Google's lesser-known capabilities available anywhere, including the Google site itself.

Topics covered: how to get the most from the Google search engine by using its Web-accessible features (including product searches, image searches, news searches, and newsgroup searches) and the large collection of desktop-resident toolbars available, as well as its advanced search syntax. Other sections have to do with programming with the Google API and simple "scrapes" of results pages, while further coverage addresses how to get your Web page to feature prominently in Google keyword searches. --David Wall,


Excellent. This book is a marvelous compendium of tips and tricks for Google. -- Tony Williams,, March 2003

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I love Google, so it was a joy to find this. I was very sceptical about what I could benefit from a book about a search engine!
It tells you about things most people don't know Google can find, including Stocks & Shares, phone numbers (reverse lookup too) and a whole load of other interesting features. Unfortunately a lot of the features only seem to work for American details, so searching for a British phone number does not work, nor does the stocks & shares information search.
The section on the Google API is very interesting too. This is only of use to software developers and probably of no use at all to anyone else. It tells you the nitty gritty of how to start using the API and gives clear examples of the syntaxs required.
I have given this book 4 stars, which is a mixture of 5 stars for software developers and 3 stars for eveyone else. For the price though, it is a pretty good book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This book tries really hard, but sadly shows that there isn't a book's worth of material on this subject. I learned one or two things from the early sections, but the large amount of detail about the Google API serves to show that there is only so much you can do with an API which takes some keywords and returns a list of hits which you can then interrogate.
Towards the end of the book the examples show a certain desperation is setting in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some really good tips - worth getting! 7 Sep 2003
By Tsuchan
A really good, bite-sized format, ideal for this subject.
Some of these tips are just good, common sense; some frivolous; some thought provoking; some useful checklists; some providing useful base code (mostly Perl) with hints for use and adaptation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good ... but ... unclear on its market 29 Mar 2003
By L. Day
It isn't that I have a criticism of the actual book. It's fine. It's who they are actually aiming at that I have problems with. If you are a 'power user' of google then the chances are that you have come across many or most of these tips anyway.
If you're not then the scripts may go waaaay over your head.
I would suggest you'd know if you need the book if a colleague has recommended it to you and if they haven't try searching the net for 'Google tips, tricks hacks' for free. Indeed Google will easily help you to find them!
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