A while ago I created and published a bunch of Oracle related search engine plugins for both Firefox and Internet Explorer. Google Chrome did not exist then. Now that Google Chrome is rising in popularity, here is how you can create and use these Oracle search engines in your Chrome browser.
Unlike Firefox and IE, Chrome does not have a separate browser search bar. It has only one bar, the address bar (sometimes called the “omnibox”). It sits at the top of the browser window and doubles as a search box. You can use it in many different ways.
You access and use your search engines from the address bar. To manually add, edit, or remove search engines, follow these steps:
(Here is another way to get to the Search Engines window)
Now, let’s add the Oracle Blogs search engine. Copy/paste or type the following in each of the “Add Search Engine” fields:
Click OK to create the search engine. By the way, you can enter anything you want in the Name and Keyword fields. I usually like the Keyword to be very short and the Name to be descriptive.
The fastest way to use the search engine you just created is to hit Ctrl + L (this will take the cursor to the address bar), type in the search engine’s keyword (ob in this example) followed by a Tab, enter your search query and hit Enter.
To create the rest of the Oracle related search engines, follow the same steps described above and copy/paste the corresponding URL from the list below:
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The advanced search in Oracle Database 10g Release 2 (10.2) documentation library gives you the option to format search results into a virtual book.
This is a nice little feature that formats your search results as a single combined table of contents, making it easier to scan through similar topics from different books. For example here is a virtual book about materialized views. It took about 15 seconds for the search engine to return results formatted as a virtual book, not very fast.
What about Oracle Database 11g?
It seems that the virtual book option is missing from the Oracle Database 11g Release 1 (11.1) documentation library. I could not find it on the advanced search page. If it is there and I missed it, please let me know. Until then, I figured out a simple way to transform an 11g search result into a virtual book. Just append “&vbook=1″ to the end of the search results URL. For example:
Even though the virtual book format option is not exposed on the advanced search page, it is mentioned and explained on the 11g search help page. Hmm!
You could also bookmark this page http://www.oracle.com/pls/db111/vbook and use it whenever you want to generate a virtual book for any search term.
A new search plugin
Finally, the easiest option of all is to install the Oracle DB 11.1 Virtual Book search plugin in your browser (Firefox or IE7). If you use Google Chrome, here are the instructions on how to add a new search engine.
How do you create an RSS feed for a web page that does not have one? you use Dapper. That’s what I did with the Oracle database 10gR2 search result page. I used the Dapper generated RSS feed for this page in my oradoc Ubiquity command.
A lot of the potential RSS goodness is tied up with the Web 2.0-style stuff in the 11g library. E.g. there are URLs for RSS feeds for new books, but have to find the right place(s) in the UI to link to them; for example, perhaps in the left navigation bar for each book. But the RSS feed for search results doesn’t have such dependencies, so it shouldn’t be a problem to backport.
So, a few days later, John email me the URL for the 10gR2 documentation search results RSS feed:
and for 11gR1 it is:
I have updated the oradoc Ubiquity command to use the new 10gR2 feed.
Thanks John, you rock!2 Comments | Filed in Extensions, Firefox, Oracle | Tags: Documentation, RSS, ubiquity
If you use Firefox, you’re in for a treat. If not, please download it and resume reading about Ubiquity and how you can use it to query the Oracle database documentation library and do other neat stuff using simple commands.
Cool, isn’t it? Go ahead, install Ubiquity 0.1.1 and give it a whirl.
OK, now that you have Ubiquity enabled in your Firefox browser, visit the following page:
When you are on that page, you will get a message offering you the choice of subscribing to my Ubiquity commands which are also listed on the page.
Currently, I have only one command: oradoc. It is similar to Don’s command but it has the added feature of displaying the search results in Ubiquity’s preview area.
Currently the preview is for Oracle database 11g and 10g documentation libraries. This was possible because John provided an RSS feed for DB 11g search results. I used Dapper to create the DB 10g search results feed.
I use and parse the feeds in the command code to generate the preview using jQuery’s AJAX and XML Goodness.
By the way, you can use Ubiquity’s “search” command to search with your Oracle Search Plugins, or other search plugins, installed in your browser’s search bar.
Here is a short screencast that demonstrates how to use the oradoc Ubiquity command and shows you other neat Ubiquity features: Click here to see the screencast.6 Comments | Filed in Firefox, Oracle | Tags: Documentation, ubiquity
So, I went ahead and created a new AskTom search engine plugin.
If you are browsing this page in Firefox 2 or above or IE7 or above, click here to install the AskTom search plugin.
Check out this page for more Oracle related search engine plugins.Comments Off | Filed in Firefox, Oracle, Plugins | Tags: Firefox, plugin, search
What does this script do?
After you install the script (see below for instructions), whenever you use the Quick Find to search for something on MetaLink, links are added just below the Quick Find search bar. The links are shortcuts to search results using the following search engines: Oracle documentation, blogs, public forums and mailing lists, AskTom, search.oracle.com and Google. Clicking on a link will open the corresponding search results page in a new window. The search is executed based on the search term that you have entered in the MetaLink Quick Find search box; You do not have to re-enter your search term.
How do I install the script?
Follow these three steps in order:
Install Firefox: If you do not use the Firefox browser, now is a great time to switch. Skip this step if you already have Firefox, otherwise download and install it from mozilla.com.
Install Oracle MetaLink Search Plus: Just click on this link and then click the install button. It will be added to the list of available user scripts as shown below:
How do I use the script?
Just login to MetaLink and simply perform a search from the Quick Find bar.
Who created the script?
I did. I added links to the most common Oracle related search engines in addition to Google, but if you have other suggestions please let me know.
Are there other useful user scripts out there?
Yes. there are hundreds of user scripts on userscripts.org. From the screen shot above you can see that I use a couple of them: Google Cached Text and Google Cache Continue. I wrote an article a few months ago about how you can use these two user scripts to browse the Web safely and anonymously.3 Comments | Filed in Firefox, Greasemonkey, Oracle
Whether you use Firefox or Internet Explorer, you probably know about this handy search box usually located at the top right corner of your browser window. This search box puts search engines at your fingertips and makes them easily available to you whenever you need them.
I have recorded a short three and a half minute screencast, with voice, that shows you how you can add any search engine to your browser’s search box, in just four clicks: Continue reading…4 Comments | Filed in Extensions, Firefox, Oracle, Plugins, Tips
The following now support Oracle Database 11g Release 1:
Moreover, the index of What’s New since Oracle Database 9i Release 1 now includes 11g Release 1.
(Thanks Yas)Comments Off | Filed in Firefox, Oracle, Plugins
Whether you use Firefox or Internet Explorer, you probably know about this handy search box usually located at the top right corner of your browser window.
And if you are a long time reader of my blog, you probably know about the handy Oracle related search plugins that allow you to search Oracle documentation, sites, forums and blogs.
But, what you probably do not know is that any active search engine you set in the search box will be automatically added to your mouse context menu that pops up when you highlight and right-click text on a web page. This is all done by default and without requiring any additional Add-on like ConQuery for example.
I noticed this Firefox-only feature by coincidence the other day. So here is an example of how it works:
Select a search type from the list of search engines, for example Oracle 10.2 Docs:
Right-click a highlighted text on any web page:
Notice the search Oracle 10.2 Docs for “the highlighted text” option. Very handy indeed.
Now, change the search type to Oracle Blogs for example:
Highilight and right-click text to read what the Oracle bloggers have written about it.
One other way to accomplish a similar functionality for Oracle specific searches is to use these Oracle bookmarklets that work in both Firefox and Internet Explorer.1 Comment | Filed in Firefox, Oracle, Plugins, Tips