Hacking GMail

Front Cover
Wiley, Jan 4, 2006 - Computers - 284 pages
8 Reviews
No mere "how to use Gmail" book, this hacker's resource is the first volume to unlock the true power behind Gmail. Make no mistake, this is serious, down-and-dirty, under-the-hood, code-level hacking that will have you eliminating the default settings, customizing appearance, disabling advertising, and taking control of your Gmail accounts. The book begins with the basics, explaining Gmail's capabilities and hidden features before moving on to more advanced topics like deconstructing the boot sequence and using Greasemonkey to customize things to your liking. From there, the sky's the limit. You'll see how to access your Gmail without having to check in at the site, create custom Gmail skins with CSS, build your own tools with APIs, get your mail via RSS feeds, use Gmail storage like a spare hard drive, use it as a blogging tool, and more. Gmail is a hacker's dream. Offering more than two gigabytes of storage, an incredibly advanced JavaScript interface, and a series of user interface innovations, it's proving to be one of the flagship applications on the Web. With this book, you can take control of this flagship, trick it out, and use its capabilities in unconventional ways.

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About the author (2006)

Armed only with a PowerBook and some fine pipe tobacco, Ben Hammersley is a journalist, writer, explorer, and an errant developer and explainer of semantic web technology. He’s also liable to spread his dirty, dirty words over at The Guardian.
As an Englishman of the clichÚd sort, Ben’s angle brackets always balance, and his tweed is always pressed. He’s not worn trousers for six months now. Ask him about it sometime.

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