A Compilation Search Technology Book Reviews

Want to hack together your own search engine? Curious to dig deeper into data mining? Here’s a compilation of various search-related book reviews published in SearchDay over the past several years.

This is the third installment of a list of all search-related book reviews published in SearchDay. This particular list covers books about search marketing. The first installment covered reviews of books about general web search tactics and techniques, and the second covered reviews of search marketing and search engine optimization.

Miscellaneous Search-Related Books

Use the alphabetically arranged links below to go directly to a review. Scroll down the page for a reverse-chronological listings and a brief description of each book review.

Firefox Hacks, Nigel McFarlane
Lucene in Action, Otis Gospodnetic and Erik Hatcher
Mining the Web: Discovering Knowledge from Hypertext Data, Soumen Chakrabarti
Peer-To-Peer: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Technologies, Andy Oram
Spidering Hacks, Kevin Hemenway and Tara Calishain

Reverse Chronological Listings

Hack Your Own Search Engine Crawler
SearchDay, February 4, 2004

Want to build your own customized search tool that can search the web, explore online databases, and mine virtually any other type of internet resource?

Spidering Hacks, by Kevin Hemenway and Tara Calishain, offers “100 Industrial Strength Tips and Tools” for creating and running your own spiders. Among these tips and tools, of course, are instructions for creating your own personal web crawler that works much like those used by the major search engines.

How to Build Your Own Search Engine
SearchDay, July 9, 2003

Want a detailed glimpse into the black boxes we call search engines?

Mining the Web: Discovering Knowledge from Hypertext Data is one of the first books that actually describes, in detail, the parts of contemporary search engines and how they function. The author, Soumen Chakrabarti, is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, and the book reveals a rare glimpse at the inner workings of our favorite search tools.

Hacking Your Own Search Engine
SearchDay, March 15, 2005

Got the itch to go head-to-head with Google, Yahoo and all of the other big search players on the web? A new book provides a detailed blueprint for using and customizing Lucene, open-source search engine software that’s freely available online.

Lucene in Action by Otis Gospodnetic and Erik Hatcher is a thorough introduction to the inner workings of what’s arguably the most popular open source search engine.

Peering at Peer-to-Peer
SearchDay, August 9, 2001

“Just as the early 20th-century advocates of psychoanalysis saw sex everywhere, industry analysts and marketing managers are starting to call everything they like in computers and telecommunications ‘peer-to-peer,’ writes Andy Oram in the preface to Peer-To-Peer: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Technologies published by O’Reilly & Associates.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies may not have the same appeal as sex, but they have seemingly become all the rage in the early years of the 21st century. Though now crippled, Napster is the poster child for P2P, and its “dark twin” Gnutella has also received a lot of press. The Seti@Home project is another highly visible P2P effort. In this book, editor Oram has assembled a collection of articles penned by P2P experts.

Supercharging Firefox
SearchDay, May 18, 2005

The Firefox browser comes pre-configured with lots of great search tools, but it’s also highly customizable, allowing you to push your online experience to new and fun extremes. I’ve written that Mozilla Firefox is the searcher’s browser. Not only does it come preconfigured to easily search Google, Amazon and other important sites, it’s easily extensible. You can snap-in plugins for literally hundreds of specialized search engines with just a few clicks, and just as easily remove them if you don’t like what they do.

Adding new search tools to Firefox is just the tip of the iceberg of things you can do to extend and enhance the browser. A new book from O’Reilly, Firefox Hacks, shows you how to supercharge your browsing experience.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication’s search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Google Calendar…not
SiliconBeat Dec 7 2005 8:38PM GMT
Click to Call Pilot Project Begins in Australia
Search Engine Watch Dec 7 2005 8:35PM GMT
Ingenio brings pay-per-call ads to InfoSpace
CNET News.com Dec 7 2005 8:34PM GMT
The New York Public Library and Answers.com Announce New Homework Service
Search Engine Watch Dec 7 2005 8:34PM GMT
Microsoft, Google still vying for AOL:
Reuters (via News.com) Dec 7 2005 8:17PM GMT
Battle over control of Fast Search & Transfer
CNET News.com Dec 7 2005 8:16PM GMT
John Battelle on Web 2.0 & Google
iMedia Connection Dec 7 2005 8:13PM GMT
What SEO Copywriting Is… and Isn’t
Search Engine Guide Dec 7 2005 8:12PM GMT
Virtual Earth becomes Windows Live Local this week
InfoWorld Dec 7 2005 8:09PM GMT
How Ask Jeeves Competes With the Big Guys
dmnews.com Dec 7 2005 8:08PM GMT
Marketers Want to Learn Search Process Themselves, Exec Says at SES
dmnews.com Dec 7 2005 8:07PM GMT
SearchTHIS: Missing Keywords — FOUND!
iMedia Connection Dec 7 2005 8:06PM GMT
MSN changes UK domain name
Netimperative Dec 7 2005 8:05PM GMT
Blinkx lets users search vintage TV ads
Netimperative Dec 6 2005 4:08PM GMT
Tripping the Yahoo Fantastic
Gigaom Dec 6 2005 3:59PM GMT

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