Google Hacks – 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tricks

Update – This title is now in it’s second edition.

Google Hacks
Author: Tara Calishain , Rael Dornfest
Publisher: O’Reilly
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ISBN: 0-596-00447-8

Price: $AUS39.00 approx.

Ok. I admit, I’m somewhat of a Google groupie. Having a keen interest in Search Engine trends and technologies, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of O’Reilly’s Google Hacks. Written by serious Google nuts, this book is another must have in my opinion.

The book covers everything from using Google, power searching to programming for Google’s many services and using their API. There’s also some information for webmasters wanting to know about “how” Google works and general behind the scenes info. There’s also a little bit about Google PageRank, the secret formula that dictates how Google ranks their search results. The examples are backed up with lots of code examples in different languages (Perl, PHP, C#, ASP) and some nifty applications that use Google’s services. There’s some downright wacky stuff too, like “Google Whacking” and Google pranks.

5 stars