[Techtalk] google searching

Daniel Pittman daniel at rimspace.net
Wed Apr 15 04:48:14 UTC 2009

Akkana Peck <akkana at shallowsky.com> writes:
> Maria McKinley writes:
>> This is something that has been bugging me for a while. Google seems
>> to ignore symbols and punctuation, stuff that is often critical for
>> searching for coding info. Doesn't seem to matter if you put stuff in
>> quotes or not
> I don't have a solution, only validation that you're not the only one
> bugged by this. I hit it at least once every couple of days.  I
> suppose google is omitting the punctuation marks entirely in their
> databases, because they only get in the way of text searches ... but
> it's very frustrating and makes a lot of technical searches
> impossible.

In some (limited) cases Google Code Search is useful for this:


Unfortunately that is limited to "within source code", which can
sometimes be useful but often isn't for finding discussion about coding
rather than examples thereof.


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