Yahoo! Hacks: Tips & Tools for Living on the Web Frontier

Yahoo! Hacks: Tips & Tools for Living on the Web Frontier

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by Paul Bausch
     
 

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Yahoo! took the world by storm in the 1990s as a one-of-a-kind, searchable list of interesting web sites. But ten years later, it has expanded into a department store overflowing with useful and innovative tools and services-from email, blogging, social networking, and instant messaging, to news, financial markets, shopping, movie and TV listings, and much more.

Overview

Yahoo! took the world by storm in the 1990s as a one-of-a-kind, searchable list of interesting web sites. But ten years later, it has expanded into a department store overflowing with useful and innovative tools and services-from email, blogging, social networking, and instant messaging, to news, financial markets, shopping, movie and TV listings, and much more. Today's Yahoo! keeps you connected with every aspect of your life and every corner of the Web.

Yahoo! Hacks shows you how to use, expand, personalize, and tweak Yahoo! in ways you never dreamed possible. You'll learn how to:

  • Fine-tune search queries with keyword shortcuts and advanced syntax
  • Manage and customize Yahoo! Mail, using it as your universal email client to access all your other accounts
  • Explore your social networks with Yahoo! 360, blogging your life, keeping up with friends, and making new contacts
  • Store, sort, blog, feed, track, and otherwise share photos with Flickr and RSS
  • Make My Yahoo! your Yahoo!, and personalize Yahoo!'s many properties
  • Roll your own Yahoo! applications with Yahoo! new Web Services API and Perl, PHP, Java, Python, Ruby, or the programming language of your choice
  • Visualize search results and topics, mash up images from around the Web, and remix other web content
  • List (or hide) your site with Yahoo!, and integrate Yahoo! Groups, Messenger, contextual search (Y!Q), or other Yahoo! features

Whether you want to become a power searcher, news monger, super shopper, or innovative web developer, Yahoo! Hacks provides the tools to take you further than you ever thought possible.

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
What can’t you do with Yahoo!? Not much. For the proof, check out Yahoo! Hacks.

You may know Yahoo! can track your investments. Did you know you can download Yahoo!’s stock data straight into Excel? For that matter, did you know Yahoo! will tell you everything that’s on your TV next Tuesday night, whether you’ve got cable, satellite, or rabbit ears?

You know you should get your Yahoo! Mail addresses into your Address Book. Do you know how to automate that? Or that Yahoo! lets you export bookmarks to HTML, so you can share your favorite sites on your blog? Or that Yahoo! has a “creative commons” search for images you can reuse without getting sued? Or that you can program Yahoo! with everything from PHP to REBOL? There’s a lot you didn’t know about Yahoo! -- stuff you’ll have a blast discovering. Bill Camarda, from the December 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596553135
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/17/2005
Series:
Hacks
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
File size:
16 MB
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Meet the Author

Paul Bausch is the co-creator of Blogger, the popular weblog software. A veteran Web developer, Paul is skilled in a variety of programming languages and is the creator of several useful blogging tools.
Matthew Haughey started the community weblog MetaFilter.com, which now has over 13,000 members, and helped develop the Blogger.com site and service.
Meg Hourihan is the cofounder of Pyra, the company behind Blogger. A frequent speaker on the subject of weblogs, she runs her own award-winning blog (megnut.com) and was profiled by the New Yorker in an article on weblogs.

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Yahoo Hacks 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're not very knowledgeable on how to use, expand, personalize, and tweak Yahoo!, this book is for you! Author Paul Bausch, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will help you do just that, in ways you never dreamed possible. Bausch, begins by showing you how to become a Yahoo! power searcher by taking advantage of meta keywords in order to return more relevant results. Then, he shows you some unique ways on how to use Yahoo! Web Services, including monitoring your commute for problems, watching TV schedules automatically for appearances by your favorite celebrities, and visualizing your music collection. The author continues by showing you how to use the hacks to reach out and touch someone. Next, he introduces you to the backdoor that Yahoo! has opened for developers. Then, the author shows you how people are using Yahoo! data in their own applications and have a bit of fun in the process. Finally, he shows you how to get listed and introduces you to other Yahoo! components you can plug into your site. You can read this excellent book from cover to cover if you like, but each hack stands on its own. Here, the author intends to show you what's possible when you view Yahoo! as a platform and inspire your inner hacker to take a new look at Yahoo!.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago