The Creator content team has done a great job with the Creator
web site (http://developer.sun.com/jscreator).
struggling with the daunting task of trying to guess how people think
and how they approach the web site to look for information.
Recently a "Search Java Studio Creator"
search capability has been added to the Overview tab of the
Creator web site to help developers find information. As with
many site searches you can get too much information that in the
end makes finding what you want more difficult. Hopefully this blog
Does Google Do a Better
did some testing searching for the term "data provider".
Here's the Google advanced search criteria I used. You can see that I
specified "developer.sun.com" as the Domain.
The results where 26 hits. Only one of the hits was
actually on the Creator part of "developer.sun.com". So the
Google search really doesn't do what I want. I really just
want to search the Creator part of the "http://developer.sun.com" web
site which is really "http://developer.sun.com/jscreator".
Using the Search at
The search on the Creator site is show below.
This search yields 112
hits and is spread across 5 pages of 10 hits per page. Here's
the results page.
I don't know about you, but I hate to page through search results.
Also, as you can see, many of the hits are on online help.
I would really like to see just articles that are written on
providers. I would also like to view at least 100 hits per
Before we go any further, notice the phrase at the top of the
112 Results found for "data provider, +url:http://developers.sun.com/prodtech/javatools/jscreator/" in the "Developer - Reference" tab
This phrase will be important for us to narrow down our search in the
advanced search settings. Next, click on the "Advanced Search
link on the right side bar of the results page.
You should immediately notice that you can change the hits per page by
choosing "100" from the "Results
" drop down list. If you do this and
press the "Search
button, you'll see that you get 824
results. What? The results grew by about 700!
need to go back and change the text that was put into the "With all the words
entry. You'll need to make it look like the phrase I had you
look at above. So basically you need to put a comma
after "data provider
put a "+
before the "url:
Now hitting search will yield the same 110 results with 100
showing per page.
Ok, so now you should be asking, "Why
did the 10 results per page return 112 but the 100 results per page
The answer is, "I don't know!".
I think this
must be a
defect in the results display. The actual result number is 110
Next, we want to get rid of the "Online help" entries. To do
this, enter ",-url:http://developers.sun.com/prodtech/javatools/jscreator/reference/docs/help
at the end of the "With all
" entry. You can get the information
about site areas to exclude by looking at the URLs in green
Of course these URLs will likely change from time to time.
Here's what we get.
As you can see, we've narrowed the search down from 110
is a much easier number of results to work with. Now I can
see that there is an article called, "
Data Provider Components in the Sun
Java Studio Creator 2 IDE".
Lastly, you can
always tweak the URL that
is used to do the search. If you look at the search URL for
we just produced, you'll see the following.
line breaks to show the different "GET" parameters. You'll
recognize the "&nh=100" is the number of results per page.
The "&qt" is the query text. So conceivably
bookmark this URL and simply change the "data+provider" to the phrase
you want to find. Again remember that the URL semantics could
change and this bookmark could break.
I hope that helps you find what you need for using Creator.
you don't find what you're looking for, please, please email CreatorSiteFeedback@sun.com
for web site feedback and CreatorDocsFeedback@Sun.Com
for tutorials you need or documentation you're looking for.