Google Hacks 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools
Book Review

Google Hacks 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools
Tara Calishain and Rael Dornfest

O’Reilly & Associates
US $24.95
CA $38.95
ISBN 0-596-0447-8
329 pages

Google is currently the most popular Internet search engine. While almost every Internet searcher is familiar with basics of Google searching, there’s far more to Google than meets the eye. Google Hacks tells individual Web searchers and Web site programmers how to best take advantage of Google’s tremendous amount of searching power and flexibility.

The first three chapters (Searching Google, Google Special Services and Collections, and Third-Party Google Services) are targeted at the end user. They present a wealth of detail about how to access Google features most users didn’t know about (myself included): wild cards, date range searches, spell checking, phone book, translations, and more. You’ll learn Google has special directories of images, newsgroups, and mail-order catalogs. (I made sure to NOT tell my wife about the on-line catalog feature!)

The balance of the book is for web site programmers. They get plenty of tips and tricks about how to incorporate Google search technology into their web sites. While many of the tips are not for novice web programmers, most intermediate webmasters can spruce up their sites with the tools presented in Google Hacks.

The production quality is typical O’Reilly, and that means good! Clear screen shots, and crisp dark type make this read easy on the eyes.

If you want to learn how to exploit Google searching, or want to add Google search features to your web site, Google Hacks 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools is a good place to begin the learning process.

MacMice Rating: 5 out of 5

David Weeks

Leave a Reply