Hacking GMail (ExtremeTech) by Ben Hammersley

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By Ben Hammersley

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

Part 1 - beginning to Use Gmail: machine Integration; Integrating Your current Mail; Gmail strength Tips
Part 2 - Getting inside of Gmail: Skinning Gmail; How Gmail Works; Gmail and Greasemonkey; Gmail Libraries; Checking for Mail; analyzing 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 interesting booklet that delves deep into the interior workings of Gmail, and within the approach uncovers loads of performance that won't obvious at the floor. by utilizing Firefox and some strategic plugins, he is in a position to dissect the HTML and Javascript used to demonstrate the Gmail interface. This looking journey indicates how Ajax grabs information within the historical past in order that reveal updates occur with out journeys again to the server. It additionally uncovers the URLs which are used to get that information, and he then exhibits how these URLs can be utilized for therefore even more. a few of the hacks he exhibits use Perl and Python libraries so you might use to engage with Gmail with out the Gmail interface. He additionally exhibits 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 terrific stuff that you just most likely will not locate from too many different sources.

There's just one "drawback" to this e-book, and that is the everchanging "beta-ness" of Gmail. the entire research that Ben's performed might simply be burnt up by way of an replace to Gmail through Google. in reality, as I kind this, Google has introduced a complete new interface that's being rolled out. you may examine that and imagine this ebook is already out of date. i might disagree, despite the fact that. the actual fact he used to be even *able* to get this ebook released with the entire ongoing Gmail adjustments is fantastic. yet despite the entire adjustments, the elemental rules he uncovers will most probably *not* swap for a very long time. He additionally indicates you an engaging set of hacking instruments that may serve you good for different tasks going ahead. To me, these have been well worth the fee of admission themselves.

The quicker you learn this publication, the extra rapid gratification you may get. yet whether you purchase it six months down the line after a Gmail interface swap, you will nonetheless research extra concerning the provider than you proposal possible...

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Example: from:amy OR from:david Meaning: Messages from Amy or from David. (hyphen) Used to exclude messages from your search. Example: dinner-movie Meaning: Messages that contain the word “dinner” but do not contain the word “movie”. label: Search for messages by label. There isn’t a search operator for unlabeled messages. Example: from:amy label:friends Meaning: Messages from Amy that have the label “friends”. Example: from:david label:my-family Meaning: Messages from David that have the label My Family.

From the style sheet, you can see that s simply sets the font size to 80 percent. So there’s scope here for styling, but not specifically this section. Nor can you really move it around. That row is the top half of a table. The bottom half of the table has another table nesting inside it (and another nesting inside that one, as you shall see). The outermost of those tables is split in two, with the left-hand side containing the search form, and the right-hand side containing the innermost table, which splits it into two rows.

In this chapter Importing Your Mail into Gmail The most important thing for me, when starting to use Gmail properly, was getting all of my existing mail into the Gmail system. Alas, Gmail doesn’t have an import facility, so in this chapter you have to make use of someone else’s hack to get your existing mail into the system. There are a few applications available to do this, but none are as good as the one concentrated on in the following section: Gmail Loader. htm, does the trick very nicely indeed.

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