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  • February 20, 2006

Send a Word to the Browser (Part 1)

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
There was good news in my e-mail when I got to work this morning—Ramón Ramos sent me a NetBeans module that lets you, in Java source files, send the word under the cursur to The Java Developers Almanac 1.4. For example, here, where the cursor is over the word "package", I have selected the new menu item "Search Word in Java Alamanac Examplets":

Next, the browser opens, the site is found, a search is done, and the search results are displayed automatically:

Not bad, right? I saw something interesting recently in JBuilder—there, if you press F1 over a word, the built-in helpset pops up with a text explaining the word under the cursor. So, in that case, you don't go to the external browser, but to the internal helpset instead. That's also something pretty cool, especially if you're a relative beginner and you don't know what identifiers such as "public" mean.

Anyway, Ramón, great work! This is a further addition to the many little plug-ins that have popped up since Ludo made his Google Toolbar available (which is also part of Roumen's latest flash demo). Cool how one thing sparks off another like that.

PS: Check out Christopher Atlan's blog!

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Christian Monday, February 20, 2006
    Yes, it's a great one. But there is a new, much better version now. :)
  • Geertjan Monday, February 20, 2006
    Yes, Christian, it seems to be even better now. I just got an e-mail from Ramon, and he sent me the URL to his update center, so now anyone can try it out for themselves: http://people.freenet.de/ramon.ramos/nb/updates.xml.
  • Ramón Monday, February 20, 2006
    Thank you! :)
    Here is the description of the module:
    "Sends the word under caret in the editor to be searched in the web search
    engine of your choice. You can add, remove, activate and deactivate web
    search engines through the options (Tools - Options - Miscellaneous - Web
    Search Engines)"
    You may have to restart the ide to see the options of the plugin. I will set the module to "needs restart" soon.
    I will also make the sources available soon.
    I hope you find it usefull :)
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