Re: Re: a request for WRI
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- Subject: [mg55093] Re: [mg55077] Re: a request for WRI
- From: George Woodrow III <georgevw3 at mac.com>
- Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 02:36:40 -0500 (EST)
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I know that this is platform specific, but OS X 10.4's Spotlight
technology will do exactly what you want.
If and when Longhorn ships (the original concept, at least), it will
have similar technology, as I understand.
On 11 Mar, 2005, at 4:21 AM, Steve Gray wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Mar 2005 11:48:57 +0000 (UTC), Chris Chiasson
> <chris.chiasson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear WRI,
>> Google Desktop Search 1.0 was released recently. It has an API so that
>> plugins for different file formats may be added. I would write a
>> plugin to search Mathematica notebooks, but I really only know how to
>> program in Mathematica...
>> Mathematica notebooks have a bunch of special formatting, preventing
>> their indexing as a normal "text" file (even though it is plain text
>> readable). Could you guys/gals write a plugin for GDS that gives all
>> symbols from input cells and all text from non-input cells over to the
>> search engine? This would catch all function calls and all user
>> defined variables. One good side benefit is that they might finally
>> add .nb search to the main search engine later.
>> I dunno. I just wanna be able to search my notebooks for old code! :-)
> I second the motion. I have loads of comments in my code that I would
> like to be able to search, since they have the same importance to me
> that regular documents in Word and e-mail have. (The same thing goes
> for another app I use constantly, Geometer's Sketchpad, but I don't
> expect WRI to do that one!)
> These searches could be done with no effort by Google if Mathematica
> and GSP wrote plain text files at the same time they are writing their
> usual stuff. In Mathematica, any competent coder (I don't include
> myself in this category) could write the app as an Mathematica file.
> Steve Gray
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