Summary and Info
Gmail rewrote the rules on how online email functions. At the same time, the folks at Google have offered up a platform for some really cool programming tricks. Ben Hammersley explores a number of those tricks and hacks in the book Hacking Gmail. A very enlightening read...
Part 1 - Starting to Use Gmail: Desktop Integration; Integrating Your Existing Mail; Gmail Power Tips
Part 2 - Getting Inside Gmail: Skinning Gmail; How Gmail Works; Gmail and Greasemonkey; Gmail Libraries; Checking for Mail; Reading Mail; Sending Mail
Part 3 - Conquering Gmail: Dealing with Labels; Addressing Addresses; Building an API from the HTML-Only Version of Gmail; Exporting Your Mail; Using Gmail to; Using GmailFS; Long Code Listings; Index
There's only one "drawback" to this book, and that's the everchanging "beta-ness" of Gmail. All the analysis that Ben's done could easily be wiped out by an update to Gmail by Google. In fact, as I type this, Google has announced a whole new interface that is being rolled out. You could look at that and think this book is already obsolete. I would disagree, however. The fact he was even *able* to get this book published with all the ongoing Gmail changes is amazing. But even with all the changes, the fundamental principles he uncovers will likely *not* change for a long time. He also shows you an interesting set of hacking tools that will serve you well for other projects going forward. To me, those were worth the price of admission themselves.
The sooner you read this book, the more immediate gratification you can get. But even if you buy it six months down the road after a Gmail interface change, you'll still learn more about the service than you thought possible...
More About the Author
Ben Hammersley FRSA FRGS (born 3 April 1976 in Leicester, England) is a British internet technologist, journalist, author and broadcaster based in London, England.
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