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Del.icio.us is the world's No. 1 collection of favorite web pages, a super-sensitive indicator of what's about to get hot, and a terrific way to waste days on end. It's also remarkably programmable and extensible -- which is where Hacking Del.icio.us comes in. The latest in ExtremeTech's superb Hacking Series, it's a complete guide to tweaking del.icio.us with others' hacks and mods -- and your own.
Your guide: Leslie M. Orchard, host of the popular tech blog 0XDECAFBAD. Orchard starts out with a basic primer on del.icio.us: what it is, why it's cool, how to get started. Next, you'll do some simple del.icio.us hacking, embedding del.icio.us more thoroughly into your browser and your life. You'll learn how to use the official del.icio.us "bookmarklets," and tour some especially useful plug-ins and extensions for IE, Firefox, and Safari.
Orchard then turns to del.icio.us's simple API. You'll learn how to access it from Python, Perl, PHP, and Ruby; use it to manage your own del.icio.us bookmarks more efficiently, then work with others' bookmarks delivered to you via RSS feeds.
There's a full chapter on tagging -- a concept that's far more subtle and powerful than most folks realize. Orchard explains tags' coolness with extraordinary clarity, then introduces several tag-related hacks, from streaming audio bookmarks to geotagging.
The fun's just beginning: Orchard covers mashups, user interface tweaks, linkrolls, meme analysis, and more. There's a whole chapter on getting del.icio.us into your blog. Your author even goes beyond del.icio.us, introducing its competitors and open source alternatives. Bill Camarda, from the September 2006 Read Only