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Google Hacks, 2nd Edition Tara Calishain and Rael Dornfest
Published by O'Reilly Media
ISBN:0-596-00857-0
480 pages
£ 17.50
Published: 28th January 2005
reviewed by Sam Smith
   in the June 2005 issue (pdf), (html)
bookcover  

This is the second edition of the best selling book. The first edition released about 3 years ago started the highly successful `Hacks' series with a bang. Those years have been a busy time for Google. They have released many new services, and upgraded everything: this book compensates, covering new areas such as gmail, and adwords. Of course, with any book talking about new technology, it can be considered obsolete in some respects before it is even printed.

Looking back at the first book, while some hacks have been cut to make space for new ones, and some have been updated, there is relatively little in the first book that no longer applies. There are just other, new, flashier things that warrant discussion -- hence version 2.

Much of this book is a very useful occasional reference, as well as the gems that come from dipping in to find something that you didn't know you could do. If all you ever do with Google is use the obvious, and don't need to dig deeper with their Web Services or other additional technologies then you will get limited benefit from this. However, if you have a website which would benefit from a customised search engine (e.g. www.ukuug.org/search) then you will get value from the content and would benefit from a copy.

A full index of everything covered is at http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/googlehks2/

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