A Web Based Search for Books Online


As many of you know, I used to work on documentation like whitepapers and Books Online for SQL Server. One of the main problems I’ve found with our documentation isn’t that there is not enough content – we have over 65,000 pages in BOL alone – but that it is hard to find. The search tool inside the "fat" client of Books Online doesn’t always hit the right topics, for a lot of reasons. And if you go to Books Online on the web, the search box there searches ALL of MSDN or TechNet – not what you’re looking for.

So the documentation team came up with a couple of macros for Live Search, and that’s what I use all the time now. Try it here for SQL Server 2005: http://search.live.com/macros/sql_server_user_education/booksonline 

And here for SQL Server 2008: http://search.live.com/macros/sql_server_user_education/sql2008bolsearch/

2000? You’re on your own, I’m afraid. Time to upgrade!

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