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Gmail™HACK'S

Ben Hammersley

Starting to Use Gmail
Getting Inside Gmail
Conquering Gmail
Long Code Listings 

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Hacking GMail

Meanwhile, back in Florence, Anna, Lucy, Mischa, and Pico ignored
the swearing and kept me fed. Love, as ever, to them.

Tabel of Contents

Acknowledgments . . xvii
Introduction . . xix
Part I: Starting to Use Gmail 1
Chapter 1: Desktop Integration
New Mail Notification . . 3
Windows . . .. . . . . 3
Mac OS X . . . . . . 5
Linux, etc. .  . . 5
Redirecting mailto: . . . . . 6
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Multiplatform/Mozilla .. . . . . 7
OS X . . . . . . 8
GmailerXP .. . . 8
And Now . . . . 9
Chapter 2: Integrating Your Existing Mail 
Importing Your Mail into Gmail . .. . 11
Gmail Loader . . . . 11
Setting Up Pop Access Inside Gmail . .. . . . 12
Setting Up Pop Within an Application . . . . . 13
IMAP for Gmail. . . . 14
And Now . .  . . . 14
Chapter 3: Gmail Power Tips
Keyboard Shortcuts .  . . 15
Plus Addressing and Filtering . .  . . . . 20
Other Addressing Tips . . .. . . 21
Quickly Mark a Group of E-Mails .. . . . 23
Send Executables as Attachments . . . . . . 23
Advanced Searching . .. . . . . . 24
And Now . . . . . . . 26
Chapter 4: Skinning Gmail 
Deconstructing Gmail . . . 29
The Top Section . . . . . 33
The Navigation Menu . . . 35
The Activity Area . . . . . . 38
The Bottom Section . . . . 42
Applying a New Style . . . 44
Creating Gmail Lite . . . .. . . . 44
Walking Through the Style Sheet . . . 51
And Now .. . 51
Chapter 5: How Gmail Works
What the Devil Is Going On? . . . 53
Preloading the Interface. .  . 54
Introducing XMLHttpRequest . . .. 55
Using XMLHttpRequest Yourself . . . . 55
Finding XMLHttpRequest within the Gmail code . . 61
Sniffing the Network Traffic.  . . 62
Firing Up Tcpflow . . . . 62
Prodding Gmail to Hear It Squeak . . .67
Preparing to Watch the Gmail Boot Sequence . . 67
Cleaning Up the Log . 68
Stepping Through the Gmail Boot Sequence . . 68
Logging In . .  . . . . . . . 69
The First Cookie . . . . . . . 71
Loading the Inbox . . .. . . 74
Reading an Individual Mail . .. . . . 81
And Now . . .. . . . . 89
Chapter 6: Gmail and Greasemonkey 
What Is Greasemonkey?. . . .  . . . . 91
The Userscripts .  . . . 92
Displaying Bloglines Within Gmail . . 92
How It Works . . . . . .  . . 100
Add a Delete Button.  . . 101
GmailSecure . . . . . . 108
MailtoComposeInGmail . . . 110
Other Userscripts . . . . . . . 114
Mark Read Button. .. . . 114
Multiple Signatures . . . 115
Hide Invites . . . . . 115
Random Signatures . . . . 115
And Now . . .  . . . . . 115
Chapter 7: Gmail Libraries 
PHP — Gmailer . . . . . . . . 118
Getting and Installing the Library. . .  . . . 118
How to Use It . . . .. . . . 119
Perl — Mail::Webmail::Gmail . . . . . 127
Getting and Installing the Library. .. . . 127
Using the Library . . . . . . . . . 128
Python — Libgmail . . . . . .  . . . . 131
Getting and Installing the Library. .  131
How to Use It . . . . . . . .  132
Reading the First Message in the Inbox . . 134
Setting Yourselves Up for the Remaining Chapters . .  . 135
And Now . . . . . . . . 136
Chapter 8: Checking for Mail 
The Basics in Perl . . . . . 137
The Basics in PHP . . .. . . . 139
The Basics in Python . . . . . 142
New Mail Count in RSS . .  . . 142
New Mail Count to AOL Instant Messenger . . . 144
And Now . . . . . .. . 149
Chapter 9: Reading Mail
Reading Mail with Perl.. . . . . . 151
The Basics . . . . .  . . . 151
Accessing All the Data of a Message . .  . . 152
Listing the Mail and Displaying a Chosen Message . . . . 153
Dealing with Attachments. . . .  . . . 155
Making an RSS Feed of Your Inbox . .. . 155
And Now . . . . . . .. . . . 159
Chapter 10: Sending Mail
Sending Mail with Gmail SMTP . . . . . 161
Sending Mail with Perl . . .  . . . . 162
And Now . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Part III: Conquering Gmail 167
Chapter 11: Dealing with Labels 
Listing the Existing Labels  . . . . 169
Setting New Labels. . . . . . . . . 173
Creating a New Label . .  . . . 175
Removing Labels . . . . . 175
And Now . . . . . . . . .  . . . 176
Chapter 12: Addressing Addresses
The Contacts List . .  . . . . . . . 177
Importing Contacts. . . . . . . . . 178
Showing Your Current Contacts . .  . 180
Exporting Contacts. . .. . 181
And Now . . . . . . . . 182
Chapter 13: Building an API from the HTML-Only Version of Gmail
A First Look at the HTML Version . 183
Introducing Basic Scraping. .. 186
HTML::TokeParser . .. 186
Parsing the Inbox . . . . 188
Retrieving the Individual Page. . . 192
Dealing with Threads . . .. . 195
Dealing with Other Folders .  . 195
And Now . . . . . . . . .. . 196
Chapter 14: Exporting Your Mail
Exporting as a Massive Text File  . . 197
Converting to Mbox . . . . . . . 199
Appending to IMAP . . . . .. 200
And Now . . . . . . . .201
Chapter 15: Using Gmail to
Using Gmail as a To-Do List . . . 203
Using Filters . . . . . .. . 203
Using gmtodo . . . . 205
Using Gmail to Find Information in RSS Feeds. . .. 205
Using Gmail to Find Torrent Files . .  206
Using Gmail as a Notepad . . . . . . . 207
Using Gmail as a Spam Filter . . .  . 209
An Even Simpler Way of Doing It . . . . . 210
Using Gmail as Storage for a Photo Gallery . . . 210
And Now . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Chapter 16: Using GmailFS 
The Underlying Idea . .  . . . . . . . . . 213
Installing GmailFS . . . . .. . . 213
The Correct Python . . . . . . 213
Installing FUSE . .. . . . . 215
Installing Libgmail. . . . . . . 215
Installing GmailFS .  . . 215
Using GmailFS . . . . . 216
Mounting GmailFS from the Command Line . . . 216
Mounting GmailFS from fstab .. . . . 217
Passing Commands to the File System .  . . 217
How GmailFS Works . . . . . . . 218
What Makes Up a File? . .. . . . . 218
Representing All of This in E-Mail . . . 220
The Actual Data in Action . .  220
And Now . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Appendix: Long Code Listings 
Index
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Welcome to Hacking Gmail. Thanks for buying this book. If you haven’t bought it, you should. It’s very good, and once you buy it you can stop loitering around the bookstore stacks. Go on: Buy it, sit down, have a coffee. See? Comfier isn’t it? Ah. Hacking Gmail. It’s a manly hobby, and this book will tell you how. Sorry? What’s Gmail, you ask? Well, let me tell you . . .
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