WordPress: How do I bring in just the author name and not the author's name with a link to all their archived posts?

I am trying to bring in a posts author without a link to all the authors archived posts so I can instead include a link to the author's google+ profile.

Here is the current code:
Posted in: <?php the_category(',');?> by <?php the_author_posts_link();?> &nbsp; | &nbsp; <?php comments_popup_link('0 Comment','1 Comment','% Comments');?>

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Here is what I thought it would be, but the get_the_author call doesn't bring in anything.
Posted in: <?php the_category(',');?> by <a rel="author" href="https://profiles.google.com/mygoogleID" target="_blank" title="Visit my Google+ Profile"><?php get_the_author();?></a>  &nbsp; | &nbsp; <?php comments_popup_link('0 Comment','1 Comment','% Comments');?>

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I'm also wondering if there is a way to bring in any of the other author's profile fields.
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Jules WebbFreelance Web DeveloperAsked:
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singletonCommented:
If I am reading this correctly you are trying to generate

<a href="link1"><a href="link2">xxx</a></a>

And a link cannot contain another link

See http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/the_author_posts_link

the_author_posts_link() is located in wp-includes/author-template.php

You have not indicated which theme you are using
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Jules WebbFreelance Web DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I removed the_author_posts_link () because I don't want to link to archive of authors posts

I was hoping that get_the_author()  was only meant to only get the author as opposed to the_author_posts_link () which gets the author and creates a link to page with posts written by author.

browser renders:
Posted in: category 1 by fname lname   |   0 Comment

Category 1 will link to mysite.com/category/category-1
fname lname will be a link to google+ profile
comment will link to mysite.com/blog/post-name#respond

In the related articles section of the page you referenced I found Function Reference/the author: the_author()

I also found Function Reference/the author meta in the related articles section and was able to work out how to bring in the googl+ url dynamically by using the user website field to store the google+ profile link.

My final version that works and does everything I need it to do.
<?php the_category(',');?> by <a rel="author" href="<?php the_author_meta('user_url'); ?>" target="_blank" title="Follow <?php the_author_meta('user_firstname'); ?> on Google+"><?php the_author();?></a> &nbsp; | &nbsp; <?php comments_popup_link('0 Comment','1 Comment','% Comments');?>

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I'm thinking about adding a user custom profile field as explained here: http://justintadlock.com/archives/2009/09/10/adding-and-using-custom-user-profile-fields
But that's another enough for now.

Thank you for pointing me in the right direction, I didn't see those related links before.

Cheers
Jules
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Jules WebbFreelance Web DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for JulesWebb's comment #37707652
Assisted answer: 500 points for singleton's comment #37707015

for the following reason:

singleton questions lead me to find my own answer, which I included so anyone else interested would know how I resolved the issue.
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singletonCommented:
That is what we are here for. I am going to object simply because it seems to indicate that the question will just be closed, but not PAQed (i.e. be a Previously Answered quesion for others to see), and you indicated you wanted others to see what you finally decided.
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Jules WebbFreelance Web DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks singleton, I didn't understand about "PAQed" Can you tell me what action I'm suppose to take?
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singletonCommented:
no they just changed the software but a moderator should show up
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singletonCommented:
So the question will be PAQed?  That was all that was unclear to me
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