Thursday, October 7, 2010

Searching Esri ArcObject Help With Google

Here is a great tip I've picked up over the last couple of months.  When working with the online help system for ArcObjects, you can sometimes get tons of search results for unrelated topics.  For example, say you search Point or Polygon, you will get about 10,000 results from the forums, other help topics.  It's basicly information overload!

Let's say you need to search the .NET ArcObjects help, so to streamline the search process, you can utilize Google's search engine by doing the following:
  1. In order for google to work, you need the site.  For this example, we will use http://help.arcgis.com/en/sdk/10.0/arcobjects_net/ao_home.html. You can to remove the http:// and the ao_home.html for your site reference.
    • The result should be this: help.arcgis.com/en/sdk/10.0/arcobjects_net
  2. With our site in hand, navigate to google (http://www.google.com/) and create a new search entry as follows: "site:help.arcgis.com/en/sdk/10.0/arcobjects_net TEST" 
  3. Copy the resulting URL and ignore the search results
For IE:
  1. Go to: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/searchguide/en-en/default.mspx
  2. Paste the resulting Google Search URL into the URL box
  3. Give it a descriptive name. Ex: Search .NET ArcObjects
  4. Click install
Enjoy

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