"Meta-Search" - Auto Completion in The Search Box in Netbeans 6.5

Netbeans 6.5 comes with a useful, generic, search functionality. You can type in the Search Box in upper right corner (Ctrl+I) whatever you want and Netbeans will try to find for you the results in the following categories: Actions, Types (=Class, Interface names), Options and Help the results. Nice thing: it caches the "Recent Searches" - what  I use a lot.

Interesting: if you do not know exactly what you are searching for, you can type first characters and then hit Ctrl+Space keys to expand your query-term. This is actually amazing - a meta-search :-).

The first time you are searching, it takes a few seconds. I have now 57 open projects, it took 2 seconds to perform the first search, what is o.k.


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i like it too. If you install the NB OpenGL Pack you even automatically get a websearch over a handfull of vendor specific online resources (https://netbeans-opengl-pack.dev.java.net/resources/OpenGL_QuickSearch.png) and JOGL API sources.

The api to add quicksearch provider really strait forward.

btw: vote for this RFE ;)
http://www.netbeans.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=143367

Posted by mbien on December 17, 2008 at 12:39 PM CET #

all in one search engine

Posted by trypu on March 12, 2009 at 06:14 AM CET #

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