Ben Hammersley's Hacking GMail (ExtremeTech) PDF

By Ben Hammersley

ISBN-10: 076459611X

ISBN-13: 9780764596117

Gmail rewrote the foundations on how on-line e-mail services. whilst, the folk at Google have provided up a platform for a few fairly cool programming methods. Ben Hammersley explores a couple of these tips and hacks within the booklet Hacking Gmail. a truly enlightening read...

Part 1 - commencing to Use Gmail: laptop Integration; Integrating Your current Mail; Gmail energy Tips
Part 2 - Getting inside of Gmail: Skinning Gmail; How Gmail Works; Gmail and Greasemonkey; Gmail Libraries; Checking for Mail; studying Mail; Sending Mail
Part three - Conquering Gmail: facing Labels; Addressing Addresses; construction an API from the HTML-Only model of Gmail; Exporting Your Mail; utilizing Gmail to; utilizing GmailFS; lengthy Code Listings; Index

Hammersley has written an pleasing e-book that delves deep into the internal workings of Gmail, and within the approach uncovers loads of performance that won't obvious at the floor. through the use of Firefox and some strategic plugins, he is capable of dissect the HTML and Javascript used to reveal the Gmail interface. This searching journey indicates how Ajax grabs information within the historical past in order that reveal updates ensue with out journeys again to the server. It additionally uncovers the URLs which are used to get that facts, and he then exhibits how these URLs can be utilized for therefore even more. a few of the hacks he indicates use Perl and Python libraries for you to use to engage with Gmail with out the Gmail interface. He additionally indicates how one can use a couple of Greasemonkey scripts to fully swap the person interface, or "skin", of Gmail to suit your personal personal tastes. it is all quite great stuff that you simply most likely will not locate from too many different sources.

There's just one "drawback" to this ebook, and that is the everchanging "beta-ness" of Gmail. the entire research that Ben's performed may simply be burnt up via an replace to Gmail via Google. in reality, as I variety this, Google has introduced an entire new interface that's being rolled out. you'll examine that and imagine this ebook is already out of date. i might disagree, even if. the actual fact he was once even *able* to get this booklet released with the entire ongoing Gmail alterations is fantastic. yet regardless of the entire alterations, the basic rules he uncovers will most probably *not* switch for a very long time. He additionally exhibits you an enticing set of hacking instruments that would serve you good for different tasks going ahead. To me, these have been definitely worth the cost of admission themselves.

The quicker you learn this e-book, the extra speedy gratification you will get. yet no matter if you purchase it six months down the line after a Gmail interface switch, you will nonetheless examine extra in regards to the carrier than you concept possible...

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Hit Tab again, and then Enter, and in Internet Explorer your message is sent. In any other browser — Firefox, say — the final tab puts your cursor up into the search box. Hitting Enter brings up a warning box (shown in Figure 3-3) asking if you are willing to lose the newly typed, and unsaved, message. FIGURE 3-3: You’re about to lose your work. Eek! You most likely don’t want to do that. Chapter 3 — Gmail Power Tips If you’re not using Internet Explorer — and for the sake of this book, at least, I recommend you do not, and employ Firefox (as I am in this chapter’s screenshots) or Mozilla instead — this is a drawback to the keyboard shortcuts.

But happily, by far the best way of repurposing mailto: links is to do it in the browser, and specifically in a Mozilla-based browser, which runs on all of the platforms used in this book: Windows, OS X, and Linux. net/mozilla/extensions/ #WebMailCompose. 0 on OS X 7 8 Part I — Starting to Use Gmail This extension also allows mailto: links to point to many other web-based e-mail systems, should you tire of all of this coolness. app. st/code/ Gmailto/. app. Why the preference panel is inside the application you no longer wish to use is beyond the reckoning of mortal men.

Of course, this is how you create filters for any other part of the message as well. I’ll leave it to the reader’s intelligence to see how this works. Figure 3-7 shows the next stage. FIGURE 3-7: Selecting the action you want Gmail to take when a message arrives A filter can move, star, directly archive, label, forward, trash, or a combination of the five, any message that triggers it. Select the actions you want, and click the Create Filter button. Figure 3-8 shows the final result. Because plus addressing effectively gives you an unlimited number of e-mail addresses to the same Gmail inbox, it allows you to assign one to each mailing list, website, and so on that you subscribe to.

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