Shocking news: Google can’t find something

We have a little known feature in the debugger so I wanted to see where, if anywhere, it is documented, so naturally I used Google. It can't find it. Not because it doesnt exist, but because the thing I am looking for is “.load” : yes, that's a period in front of it. Google seems to strip the period, even if I quote the whole thing, so it finds “load”, which is not what I want.

Next I tried the VS2005 Index. No luck. Next I tried VS2005 Search. It found “load” but not “.load”.

For me the fact that Google can't find it is more shocking than the fact that their site went down last week.

Just to prove that “.load” does really exist, here are some pages that talk about it:

The VS2005 beta1 docs describe it under “SOS Tool“ in the Index.

I remember when most search tools couldn't search for “C#”. That got fixed, but I seriously doubt that “.load” is going to be as popular as that.

Comments (8)
  1. Raj says:

    The period (.) in a google search stands for a single character wildcard. So, I am sure the page you are looking for is in a page deep down in the search results.

    I don’t know how to escape the period so that it is not used as a wildcard.

  2. Ron Green says:

    However ".load sos" works.

  3. ToddM says:

    Raj — no, it doesn’t. The period is one of a class of ‘phrase binding’ characters (I just made up that term). It is treated as whitespace when searching, but forces order between the preceeding and succeding terms, provided there is no whitespace between the terms and the dot.

    "this is a phrase" is the same as is the same as

    this-is-a-phrase etc.

    Google’s web search does not handle ANY wildcards — not even *

  4. Louis Parks says:

    C# is only kind of fixed in my opinion. Even if it is fixed .NET surely isn’t.

  5. Raj says:

    The "" wildcard is supported according to this page. (scroll down to the middle)

    This page written May 7, 2004 lists both the "." and "" operator.

  6. Jason Burton says:

    Use quotes around the word and the + oporator to make the whole phrase required.

    +".load" scottno


  7. me says:

    try .+load

    note the + after the .

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