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Tim Resh
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When coding in java you cannot easily find a class or method that does what you want, so you end up on Google searching for a particular class or have to read every method in the javadocs to find what you want. Now in the MS ide you have a search that will return various examples or components that might do what you want. Is there anything in the Java World that does this? I use IntelliJ IDE, sometimes Eclipse for some projects.

Campbell Ritchie

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Have you tried the Java Tutorial?
Jesper de Jong
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The Java Developers Almanac contains lots of examples.

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Tim Resh
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thanks for the posts. What I am talking about is when you are editting and want a class or method that does a specific task but you cannot remember the name. ex. looking for class that reads a file and returns a hashmap. You might type in a search "file hashmap" and get a list of classes or methods that involves the search criteria. This is just an simple example. Anybody seen this type of plugin or utility?

marc weber

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The Java API does take some getting used to, and I would strongly recommend doing that. It's funny... After getting used to (and liking) the Java API, I gave .NET a brief try, and found myself extremely frustrated by MSDN's documentation.

Anyway, allimant's javadoc is supposedly Sun's API in Windows Help format, but I've never tried it.

"We're kind of on the level of crossword puzzle writers... And no one ever goes to them and gives them an award." ~Joe Strummer
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