December 7, 2005
Greasemonkey Hacks: Rev Your Web Engine with a Tuned Up Firefox
Sebastopol, CA--If the Web is really the information super highway, then
surely the web browser is the car that navigates the streets. And what's a
car without a personalized license plate, chosen color, or customized
interior? The same goes for the web browser. In just a short time,
Greasemonkey, the hot new Firefox extension that allows people to write
scripts that alter the web pages they visit, has achieved a cult-like
following to rival that of any muscle car or mint condition classic Chevy.
With Greasemonkey, you can create scripts that make a web site more
usable, fix rendering bugs that site owners can't be bothered to fix
themselves, or add items to a web site's menu bar. With Greasemonkey Hacks (Pilgrim, O'Reilly, US $24.95), you get an invaluable compendium of
100 ingenious hacks to alter pages to do anything from working better with
technologies that make a web page speak out loud, to converting a page to
More than just an essential collection of made-to-order Greasemonkey
solutions, Greasemonkey Hacks provides complete, fully developed user
scripts you can use to modify web pages, the tools to customize these
scripts, and the guidance to develop your own scripts from scratch.
experience, you'll learn how to:
Install, configure, and debug your first Greasemonkey script
Insert links into web pages, fix broken pop-up links, and follow links
without clicking them
Beautify the Web by enhancing fonts, images, tooltips, lists, and tables
Intercept and modify web forms, generate developer reports, and debug
Ajax web applications
Make search engines auto-complete your search terms, prefetch your
results, and remember where you've been--without invading your privacy!
Add accessibility features that make sites easier to read and navigate
Download embedded movies, automate site registrations, and route around
brain-dead browser sniffers
"If you are one of those people who want all the clever customizations and
cutting-edge tips and tools you need to take command of any web page you
view, then Greasemonkey Hacks is the book for you," said the book's
author Mark Pilgrim.
The possibilities of the Web are limited only by your imagination and your
Greasemonkey expertise. Greasemonkey Hacks can't help you with the
imagination part, but it can provide the expert hacks-complete with the
sample code-you need to turn your brainstorms into reality.
ISBN: 0-596-10165-1, 495 pages, $24.95 US
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