I have encountered some difficulties lately with MSDN search in Visual Studio. So I ask, is there a way to improve the search functionality?
It has taken me a long time to find some basic information. For example, I typed in "win32 form library" into the MSDN search box (the library is installed on my hard drive). Like every other time I use this feature, it comes back with the first twenty entries (out of 500, of course). The first options that come back are Mapi, CDO, and something about Unix.
But, after a bit of clicking, I stumbled on a very useful article called "Microsoft Win32 to Microsoft .NET Framework API Map" which has a side-by-side comparison of Win32 API functions vs. .NET functions and is *somewhat* relevant to what I was looking for. This was long after I set my language choice to "C++" in the search options, set the Technology option to "C++ Libraries (Native), WIN32 & COM) and "All" for content. Those are the settings I picked on day one.
Get this: I typed in "Obi Wan will pay" and it returns "1-20 of 500 results". The first entry is "How to Install WAN Services for X.25 Exchange Installations".
This is relevant...how?
"Han Solo in Carbonite"...it returns 15 results. "Death Star" returns 126 results, with "Death Taxes and Relational Databases" being the top entry.
Wait...ah, there we go. I found my new Help Favorite:
"linux is not free" returns 500 entries, with the top one being "How to Remove Linux and Install Windows XP".