May 12, 2004

javadocs.org

A very cool new site:  javadocs.org.  It contains all the Sun JavaDocs and also allows you to search directly from the URL.

I created the following bookmark with FireFox:

Location: http://javadocs.org/%s
Keyword: jd

This way, I can type "jd url" in the FireFox address bar and I get the documentation for java.net.URL right away. 

Even though I use an IDE, I still find myself browsing the HTML Javadocs with a browser fairly often, and even sometimes resorting to "javap|grep" to quickly find a method in a class.  The good thing about the javadocs Web site is not that it provides javadocs online, obviously (I already have those in my toolbar) but the simple text search that it enables.

I only have two complaints:

  • It doesn't contain the 1.5 Javadocs
  • If your search yields several hits, only the first one is displayed (I'd like to get a list of all the hits so I can drill down further).

Cool idea nevertheless.

Posted by cedric at May 12, 2004 08:58 AM
Comments

i wish it could be more extensive then just java API, like examples related to that subject etc... i remember there was a SF project about it..

Posted by: aaa at May 12, 2004 09:54 AM

And if you enter an invalid API, it just does a google search...is that what you would expect?

Posted by: Jim Clark at May 12, 2004 10:19 AM

oops, Typing in "Object" finds ....


drum roll

....

org.omg.CORBA.Object

Posted by: Bruce at May 12, 2004 10:41 PM

You can also use the Firefox search plugin.
It's available here : http://www.petefreitag.com/searchlets/

Posted by: Koen at May 13, 2004 02:38 AM

Have you tried Jude?

Posted by: none at May 14, 2004 02:07 PM

I have two mozilla shortcuts which use google's "inurl:" and "title:" search to look up the javadoc entry. The first one uses "I'm feeling luckly" to directly open up the first entry it finds while the second does a regular google search. Changing to use a different
jdk version just involves editing the urls.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=intitle%3A%s+inurl%3Aj2se/1\.4\.2/docs/api/+site%3Ajava.sun.com&btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky
Keyword: jdk!


http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=intitle%3A%s+inurl%3Aj2se/1\.4\.2/docs/api/+site%3Ajava.sun.com
Keyword: jdk

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