Google Apps Hacks (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/4
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Can Google applications really become an alternative to the venerable Microsoft Office suite? Conventional wisdom may say no, but practical wisdom says otherwise. Right now, 100,000 small businesses are currently running trials of Google office applications. So are large corporations such as General Electric and Proctor & Gamble. Google Apps Hacks gets you in on the action with several ingenious ways to push Google's web, mobile, and desktop apps to the limit.
The scores of clever hacks and workarounds in this book help you get more than the obvious out of a whole host of Google's web-based applications for word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint-style presentations, email, calendar, and more by giving you ways to exploit the suite's unique network functionality. You get plenty of ways to tinker with:
- Google Documents -- Share and edit documents with others in real time, view them on the run with Google Docs mobile service, and use Google Notebook for web research
- Google Spreadsheets -- Add real-time data to spreadsheets, and generate charts and tables you can embed in web pages
- Google Presentations -- View them on a mobile phone and save them as video
- Gmail -- Send email to and from a mobile phone, adjust Gmail's layout with a style sheet, and a lot more
- iGoogle -- Create your own gadgets, program a screenscraper, add Flash games, and more
- Google Calendar -- Add web content events, public calendars, and your Outlook Calendar to this application
- Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google SketchUp: the new 3D modeling software tool
- Picasa, YouTube, and Google Video -- discover new ways to customize and use these media management apps
In addition, Google Apps Hacks outlines ways you can create a simple web site with nothing but Google tools, including Page Creator, Blogger, Google Analytics, and content from other Google apps. This amazing collection just might convince you that Microsoft Office is not the last word in business applications. The price is certainly right.
Born in 1977, Philipp Lenssen is a web developer, blogger and author from Germany. Since 2003, Philipp runs Google Blogoscoped at blogoscoped.com, a daily news source started in Malaysia covering all things Google, from Gmail, Orkut and web search to Google Docs, usability issues, YouTube and everything in-between. The blog also spawned a book called 55 Ways to Have Fun With Google. Philipp likes to tinker with programming, drawing, writing and game design, and has a special interest in the intersections among those areas.
I have to chuckle and agree with the reviewer who complained about its being too "chatty." The author does attempt a casual tone, perhaps to lighten the perceived boredom of manual reading (and writing), but much of the effort ends up muddying up the instructions, making the most relevant points of each section harder to spot, though if you do want to read the whole thing through, then the chattiness might just help you get through the toil.
While the various Google services have evolved a long way since the book's publication, because the stuff it covers are the most basic know-hows, it's still helpful for a beginner, but you will have to spend some time locating the correct buttons and places on the menus on your own, because the current look no longer matches the screenshots.
The reason for the 1-star: it is severely outdated. I feel bad about the 1-star but how else can you rate something that is no longer relevant?
Given the dynamic nature of Google Apps I should have known that any "hacks" I might employ would be of limited use. I ordered this book earlier this year and finally pulled it from the shelf today for a nugget or two of usefulness. I tried two of the most dirt-simple hacks listed in the first few chapters and both failed--even the websites referred to in the text for more info didn't exist anymore! Naturally I have no interest in wasting my time finding out what parts of the more advanced hacks listed in the book are outdated as well.
I'm sorry to say that this book appears to be worthless. Very upset with this purchase.
This book is maybe 600 pages, and has some very good sidebars and in-depth info on using various features. I've stalled and can't read more for now... It's comprehensive. Kinda boring, but I guess I'm glad I have it, in case I need to look anything up. This is a great resource.
I also purchased Google Apps Administrator Guide which was recommended on the same page and IT was the one that had the information that should be in this book too. There was very little mention about the business implementation and administration of the actual Google Apps. This was a how-to book for users of Google Docs, rudimentary usage of Google Sites, and being a "power user" with Gmail. Not a "hack" book of the business version of Google Apps.