More Oracle for Your Browser Search Bar

July 30th, 2007 12 Comments

I promised more Oracle search plugins, and I’m happy to deliver 3 new ones today, Oracle Blogs, Oracle Documentation and Oracle Sites. You can install them here, along with the MetaLink plugin. If you’ve recently started reading, here’s the MetaLink plugin post.

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Oracle Blogs
Using this plugin, you can the search content of all the blogs hosted by Oracle, including our friends Justin Kestelyn and Steven Chan. This is especially helpful if you’re looking for an older entry or can’t recall the title. For example, if you’re curious about when Vista will be certified for the E-Business Suite, fire off a keyword search like “vista certification steven chan”, and you’ll get a results page with all Steven’s content on Vista certification.

Oracle Documentation
Using this plugin, you can search all the product documentation produced in HTML. Right now, this includes all the database documentation and middleware documentation collected here. Although I don’t know for sure, I suspect that documentation for new and future releases will also be collected into this site.

Oracle Sites
This plugin searches all the external oracle.com properties: blogs, corporate site, discussion forums, documentation, education, public partner network, technology network and video/multimedia. If you want a wide variety of information about a product, you can get collected results from all the oracle.com sites using this plugin.

The Blog and Sites plugins take advantage of the Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (OSES) implementation, which indexes and crawls the oracle.com sites.

Firefox 2 users have an added bonus feature because it allows you to send a selected string on a web page directly to the active search engine (i.e. the one showing in your search box) by right-clicking.

Enjoy.

Update: Eddie makes a good point in comments. He has previously released a slew of Oracle-related plugins, and wants to know how mine are different. First off,  I am constrained by the machine, so getting plugins approved for release is a longer process, even though Oracle does not support them. Therefore, Eddie’s plugins have been in the wild for a lot longer. There is some overlap. Here are the differences:

I’m realizing that our plugins have the same names, and I have changed mine to allow you to install and use both. In general, Eddie has done more work on his, by implementing a Google Custom Search. Mine are very Oracle-centric, which shouldn’t be a surprise.

Having both versions installed will give you a nice comparison between OSES and Google for a subset of data. Eddie, thanks for reminding me.


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12 Responses to “More Oracle for Your Browser Search Bar”

  1. Eddie Awad Says:

    Very useful stuff as usual! Thanks Jake. I was wondering how your search plugins are different than the ones I have created and that can be found at: Oracle Search Plugins for Firefox 2 and IE7.

  2. Eddie Awad Says:

    Very useful stuff as usual! Thanks Jake. I was wondering how your search plugins are different than the ones I have created and that can be found at: Oracle Search Plugins for Firefox 2 and IE7.

  3. Jake Says:

    Eddie, Apologies for leaving you out; I spaced out, but I have updated the post. Thanks. Jake

  4. Jake Says:

    Eddie, Apologies for leaving you out; I spaced out, but I have updated the post. Thanks. Jake

  5. Boat Says:

    There are a few more useful firefox plugins at

    http://www.oracle-base.com/misc/Firefox.php

  6. Boat Says:

    There are a few more useful firefox plugins at

    http://www.oracle-base.com/misc/Firefox.php

  7. Jake Says:

    Boat: I mentioned your plugins in another post. Are you planning to convert them to OpenSearch?
    Thanks for reading,
    Jake

  8. Jake Says:

    Boat: I mentioned your plugins in another post. Are you planning to convert them to OpenSearch?
    Thanks for reading,
    Jake

  9. Eddie Awad Says:

    Jake, no worries and thanks for the update.

  10. Eddie Awad Says:

    Jake, no worries and thanks for the update.

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