Archive for December, 2006

Google Search for the Command Line

December 16, 2006 2 comments

Nothing spectacular here, but occasionally I feel the urge to do a quick Google search from the command line and I decided to build one. Google apparently stopped supporting their SOAP API, but it’s still not shut down yet, so I threw together a command line Google search.


Categories: Cool Tools

Simple Search for Vista or Office 2007 Users

Do you, like I do, find it ironic that the default, so-called "simple" file search parameters in Windows are related to metadata rather than, simply, the file name and the directories? The amount of effort one must go through just to produce a filename search in a list of specific directories in Vista is atrocious. You have to choose the most distant and difficult-to-reach options just to specify the directories in which to search, and you can’t even use semicolons. The absolute quickest method of adding multiple directories for a search (using a keyboard) is as follows: (after Start menu -> search) … [tab] [tab] [space] [tab] [End] [tab] .. type a directory .. [Esc] [tab] [space] [tab] .. type another directory .. [Esc] [tab] [space] ..

I threw a fit in the Vista newsgroups and decided to build my own to bring the true simple search back to my life. Here’s a start, for your enjoyment. Source code included, throw in Regular Expression search support in the source code if you like, or whatever, but my needs are met.


Categories: Cool Tools

WPF/E CTP is here!!

It’s Christmas season and I’m feeling nostalgic, reminiscing of childhood days when I opened up Christmas presents and felt like life was just beginning.

Yesterday it seems Microsoft shared with us the first WPF/E preview. (That’s WPF = Windows Presentation Foundation, “/E” = / Everywhere.)

Get to know this acronym, because this is Microsoft’s real-world answer to Adobe/Macromedia Flash. They’re making XAML renderable on web pages as controls, and exposed to Jscript (so you can do true AJAX and call into its DOM, for instance) and supported on IE, Firefox, Safari, for Windows, for the Mac  …

This is like Windows Vista for the Web on every platform.

Here’s a sample page using WPF/E (must be installed):

.. a-heh-hand ..

Oh yes, and Microsoft is giving us stocking gifts, too. The “Interactive Designer” tool (the Flash IDE equivalent) is now “Expression Blend” and is now Beta 1. The SDK also integrates with Visual Studio


Categories: Software Development