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Google Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools

by Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest (Author)

Series: Hacks

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It turns out that really the cool thing about Google is that you don't actually need to hack it.

So this was interesting but not that useful. ( )
  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
A Money-Saving Compilation

This book is what exactly you expect from O’Reilly – great tips, well written, carefully organized and attractively formatted.

It may be that all this information is available for free at various sites on the internet. That does not detract from the value of having valuable information at your fingertips when you need it. Each hack in the book can be located and read in minutes, saving hours of “free” search time. That alone makes the book’s price a bargain. ( )
  PointedPundit | Mar 26, 2008 |
An excellent book, well worth the investment. Tara Calishain knows both content and search technology. ( )
  wfzimmerman | May 9, 2007 |
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 Google Hacks, Second Edition has the inside scoop on them all. An absolute must-have guide for anyone who searches the Internet.
  rnarvaez | Feb 16, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0596004478, Paperback)

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 advance 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 a 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. --David Wall

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.

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Explains how to take advantage of Google's user interface, discussing how to filter results, use Google's special services, integrate Google applications into a Web site or Weblog, write information retrieval programs, and play games.

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