The following people contributed their hacks, writing, and
inspiration to this book:
a Senior Software Engineer at O'Reilly Media. He
develops software for the Market Research group—various
spidering tools that collect data from disparate sites—and is
involved in the development of web services at
is an SAP hacker who pines for the days when he wrote job control
language and S/370 assembler and got around central London on his
skateboard. Currently, he is knee-deep in NetWeaver technologies and
uses up spare brain cycles playing with REST, RDF, and Jabber. He
Programming Jabber: Extending XML Messaging and
cowrote Google Pocket Guide, also from
O'Reilly. He lives in Europe with Sabine and Joseph.
AvaQuest (http://www.avaquest.com) is a
Massachusetts-based IT services firm that specializes in applying
advanced information retrieval, categorization, and text mining
technologies to solve real-world problems.
created by AvaQuest consultants Nathan
Kleinfeldt, and Peter
came out of a web mining consulting project the team worked on in the
summer of 2002, shortly after the Google Web API was announced.
(http://www.onfocus.com) is a
freelance web developer and author living in Oregon. He was a
cocreator of the Blogger weblog software and recently cowrote a book
about weblogs called We Blog: Publishing Online with
Weblogs. He believes (like Google) that
"love" (75,700,000) will conquer
Blanton (http://justinblanton.com) has a B.S. in
computer engineering and is currently attending law school in Silicon
Valley, where he is focusing on intellectual property law and will
likely practice both patent prosecution and litigation. Much of his
"free time" is spent writing about
various things on his web site, including Mac OS X, mobile phones and
other gadgets, general tips and tricks for the Movable Type CMS, and
life in general.
CapeScience.com (http://www.capescience.com) is the
development community for Cape Clear Software, a web services
company. In addition to providing support for Cape
Clear's products, CapeScience makes all sorts of fun
web services stuff, including live services, clients to other
services, utilities, and other geekware.
one of the founders of All Too Flat, a bastion of quirky content,
pranks, and geeky humor. The
Google Mirror is a 2,500-line CGI script
that was developed over the period of a year starting in October
2001. When not working on his web site, he enjoys playing music,
bowling, and running after a Frisbee.
Harvey Ciampi (http://www.multilingual.ch) grew up in
Buckinghamshire, England, and went on to study in Zurich, where she
obtained her diploma in translation. She now lives in Ticino, the
Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, where she works as an English
technical translator (from Italian, German, and French) and
proofreader, and teaches translation and Internet search techniques
based on her WWW Search Interfaces for Translators. In her free time,
she enjoys fishing with her father on the west coast of Ireland,
writing poems, and playing Celtic music.
(http://www.razorsoft.net/weblog/) is a
program manager in the CLR team at Microsoft. Before joining
Microsoft, he was an independent consultant, trainer for
DevelopMentor, and author of C# Essentials and
C# in a Nutshell (O'Reilly).
(http://www.bleb.org) works for
IBM in the U.K., having graduated from the University of Warwick a
few years ago. He's currently the webmaster of
Hursley Lab's intranet site. Most of his work (and
fun) at the moment is taken up with Perl, Java, HTML, and CSS. Andrew
is particularly keen on clean, reusable code, which always ends up
saving time in the long run. He's written several
open source projects, as well as a couple of commercial applications
for RISC OS (as used in the Iyonix PC, the first desktop computer
using an Intel XScale).
Goodman (http://www.page-zero.com) is founder and
principal of Page Zero Media, which helps clients perform better on
paid search campaigns. He blogs his thoughts regularly as
Editor-at-Large of Traffick.com, a contrarian's
guide to search engines and portals. Fortune Small
Business, The Washington Post,
New Media Age, The New York
Times, Bloomberg Markets,
Business Week, Reuters,
The National Post, CBS
Marketwatch, Forbes, and numerous
other business publications have sought his views on search
advertising. He is author of Winning Results with Google
AdWords (McGraw-Hill, late 2004). One of his favorite
Google hacks is GooPoetry.
Hemenway (http://www.disobey.com), better known as
Morbus Iff, is the creator of
disobey.com, which bills itself as "content for the
discontented." Publisher, developer, and writer of
more home cooking than you could ever imagine (like the popular open
source syndicated reader AmphetaDesk, the best-kept gaming secret
Gamegrene.com, the popular Ghost Sites and Nonsense Network, the
giggle-inducing articles at the O'Reilly Network, a
few pieces at Apple's Internet Developer site,
etc.), he's an ardent supporter of cloning merely so
he can get more work done. He cooks with a Fry Pan of Intellect +2
and lives in Concord, New Hampshire.
worked in search engine optimization since 1996 when he joined Net
Resources International, a publisher of industrial engineering web
sites, where he conceived and developed the
company's Internet marketing strategy. He left in
2002 and is now a freelance web developer based in London, U.K.,
specializing in search engine-friendly design.
Johnson (http://protoplasmic.org) is currently a
student at Illinois Institute of Technology. He tried learning Perl
in 1999, then tried again and was successful in 2001, and now uses it
for everything except his classes. When he's not
busied by his classes, he updates his weblog, explores Chicago, and
plays far too many video games.
Johnson (http://www.stevenberlinjohnson.com/) is the
author of two books, Emergence and
Interface Culture. He cocreated the sites FEED
and Plastic.com, and now blogs regularly at http://www.stevenberlinjohnson.com. He writes
the monthly "Emerging Technology"
column for Discover magazine, and his work has
appeared in many publications, including The New York
Wired, and The New Yorker.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
spent the last four years working as a software engineer for Agent
Oriented Software (http://www.agent-software.com). AOS develops
a leading intelligent agent development platform known as JACK
Intelligent Agents. Before AOS, he worked as a software engineer for
Senate Software (a small search technology company), where he
developed web page relevance heuristics. Before that, Richard was a
cofounder of Earthmen Technology, which developed network intrusion
detection technologies. At Earthman, he was responsible for a
majority of the development, which included low-level TCP/IP
networking code, Linux kernel hacking, and fast-pattern matching
algorithms. He has two degrees, one in computer science and another
in cognitive science, both from LaTrobe University (http://www.latrobe.edu.au). While in school,
Richard majored in computer science, linguistics, and psychology,
areas he retains a keen interest in. Richard is also a squash-playing
Langridge (http://www.kryogenix.org) gets paid to hack
on the Web during the day, and does it for free at night when
he's not arguing about Buffy or Debian GNU/Linux.
He's keen on web standards, Python, and strange
web site and weblog. He's also slightly surprised
that the Google Art Creator, which was an amusing little hack done in
a day, is the most popular thing he's ever written
and got him into a book.
is a PHP web developer who believes that even complex systems can be
made simple for an end user. Originally from Perth, Western
Australia, he is currently working in Hawaii. He has released a
number of projects on his web site, including webpad, the web-based
text editor; AvantBlog, a Palm/Pocket PC Blogging application; and
the PHP Blogger API, which provides PHP developers with access to the
Blogger API. Beau is a big believer in simpler, distributed
technologies like Atom, REST, and RSS for the future of the Web.
Philipp Lenssen (http://blog.outer-court.com) was born in 1977
and currently lives in Stuttgart, Germany. He's
working as developer on the web sites of a popular German car maker.
Previously, he spent 9 months living in Malaysia and prefers to eat
very spicy. In his sparetime, Philipp is the author behind the daily
Google Blogoscoped (a weblog covering Google, online research, and
internet fun in general), trying to crack his head on how to tap the
Mark Lyon (http://marklyon.org)
is the creator of the Google GMail Loader. A former programmer for
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he gave up his aspirations of
programming greatness after an unsuccessful interview at Google. He
is now a law student at Mississippi College in Jackson, Mississippi,
with plans to practice intellectual property and technology law. In
his spare time, he writes novel but mediocre software in whatever
language strikes his fancy.
works for Netcraft in the U.K. He graduated with first-class honors
in computer science, winning the IEE Institution Prize for being the
best overall student in his department. He uses Google on a daily
basis and Internet Relay Chat (IRC) to collaborate with fellow Ph.D.
students in other countries. In his remaining spare time, he uses his
Sun Certified Java Programmer skills to develop all sorts of open
source software on his personal web site (http://www.jibble.org). Some of his research
has culminated in the creation of the popular PieSpy application
which infers and visualizes social networks on IRC and even appeared
on Slashdot once. He can normally be found jibbling around in
#jibble and #irchacks on the freenode IRC network with
the nickname Jibbler, or Paul on smaller networks.
(http://diveintomark.org) is the
author of Dive Into Python, a free Python book
for experienced programmers, and Dive Into
Accessibility, a free book on web accessibility
techniques. He works for MassLight, a Washington, D.C.-based training
and web development company, where, unsurprisingly, he does training
and web development. But he lives outside Raleigh, North Carolina,
because it's warmer.
Savikas works in the
O'Reilly Tools Group, where he helps the production
department turn manuscripts into O'Reilly books.
Andrew is the author of Word Hacks, also
published by O'Reilly. He developed and maintains
the custom Word template and VBA macros used by all the
O'Reilly authors who don't insist
on writing in POD. Except for the ones who insist on writing in XML.
Or Troff. Andrew also works with FrameMaker, FrameScript, InDesign,
DocBook XML, Perl, Python, Ruby, and whatever else he finds lying
around the office. He has a degree in communications from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and lives in Boston with
his wife Audrey, who loves to see her name in print.
an independent consultant, speaker, and author specializing in
distributed applications in .NET and COM. He's
written several books and is currently working on Windows
Forms for C# and VB.NET Programmers and
Mastering Visual Studio .NET. In his free time,
Chris hosts various conferences, directs the Genghis source-available
project, plays with Rotor, and makes a pest of himself in general at
Microsoft design reviews.
the founder and CTO of TouchGraph LLC. Alex graduated from
Columbia's computer science program in 2000, and
spent his early career at a consulting company. After the
stock-market bubble burst, he decided to spend time developing a
network visualization product he had conceived. Through network
visualization, Alex found that he could combine his interests in user
interface design, graph theory, and sociology. After seeing a
business demand for his technology, Alex founded TouchGraph LLC,
which is slowly gathering a list of respected clients.
a writer and web programmer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. His
Google API scripts, Movable Type plug-ins, and other work can be
found at the soon-to-launch staggernation.com.
the term "Google whack" while he
had intended to be doing research for UnBlinking (http://www.unblinking.com). When Gary writes
for UnBlinking, he might better be focused on his role as CTO of the
news clipping and briefing service Nexcerpt (http://www.nexcerpt.com). Gary works at
Nexcerpt to get a break from stewardship of the unusual flora and
fauna on the 160 acres of woods and wetland that he owns, which in
turn keeps him from spending time with his wife (and Nexcerpt CEO)
Julie, whom he married to offset his former all-consuming career as
an above-top-secret computer spy, which he had entered to avoid
permanently becoming a jazz arranger and pianist. Seriously.
(http://www.aaronsw.com) is a
teenage writer, coder, and hacker. He is a coauthor of the RSS 1.0
specification, a member of the W3C RDF Core Working Group, and
metadata adviser to the Creative Commons. He's also
the guy behind the Google Weblog (http://google.blogspace.com). He can be
reached at email@example.com.
is the owner/operator of WebmasterWorld.com, the leading news and
discussion site for web developers and search engine marketers. Tabke
has been involved in computing since the late 1970s and is one of the
Internet's foremost authorities on search engine
Trachtenberg (http://www.trachtenberg.com) is Manager of
Technical Evangelism at eBay, where he preaches the gospel of the
eBay platform to developers and businessmen around the globe. Before
eBay, Adam cofounded and served as Vice President for Development at
two companies, Student.Com and TVGrid.Com. At both firms, he led the
front- and middle-end web site design and development. Adam began
using PHP in 1997 and is the author of Upgrading to PHP
5 and coauthor of PHP Cookbook, both
published by O'Reilly Media. He lives in San
Francisco and has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University
Torrone is a feature columnist for
contributing editor to Popular Science. Coauthor
of Flash Enabled: Design and Development for Mobile
Devices, Phillip has also contributed to numerous books
and magazines on hardware hacking, cell phones, and PDAs.
Phillip's latest work and more can be found at
Webb is an
engineer and designer, splitting his working life between R&D
with BBC Radio & Music Interactive and freelance projects
(primarily in the social software world), most recently coauthoring
Mind Hacks for O'Reilly.
Online, he can be found at Interconnected (http://interconnected.org/home) and, in the
real world, in London.