Friday, December 22, 2006

The best way to use the online MSDN documentation is through Google :D


Web 2.0, interconnectivity, cooperation etc. Strong competition too. Giants like Google and Microsoft colliding.

Funny stuff though. I'm using the MSDN documentation a lot lately, usually the online version. The problem with it is it's moving excruciatingly slow, and when you're coding furiously this kind of waiting is simply painful.

Solution I came up with in order to speed up the process. Use Google for the search, if you have a decent idea of what you're looking for, the first results will always be from the MSDN. Then go for the "In Cache" option. It's instantaneous :D.

Two thoughts. One: Google is doing a favor to everybody, including his competitors, by providing search and retrieval for all the information available online (this doesn't mean it's against it's own interest) and Two: how pathetic is Microsoft if it can't provide a decent access speed to everybody ? (no, I don't hate Microsoft, this one comes out of sheer frustration)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

MSDN Search using Google

satov said...

Not the search itself was the biggest problem, but the rendering of the actual help pages. That's what I was saying about the "In cache" option.

Anyway, the google custom search engine is useful.