Google & .NET
Just venting some frustration here. Does anyone have any idea why Microsoft would choose a name for a product, .NET, that you can't search for on Google? How do I find articles related to .NET, and not every page that has "net" somewhere in the text?
It's a major annoyance. My trick: most articles on .Net will either be discussing VB.Net or C#, so I use a query like:
I encounter problems with Google any time I want to use puctuation.
Perhaps because .net is so much hype and vapor, MS wanted to make it difficult for you to ascertain that by Googling. Now they want to buy Google. Hmmmm...
searvh for "dotnet"
using VB.NET, or dotnet are good ideas, but in this case I wanted something a bit more general; anything to do with Navision and .NET.
I agree that this is a Google deficiency. They seem to have decided that many features of the English language are superfluous (such as punctuation, capitalization, and certain words). Very annoying for a variety of searches other than .NET.
This is all part of Microsoft's strategy to undermine Google.
Also try searching for COM! doesn't really work...
Or "sex", the most common search term on the Internet.
>It's not MS's naming problem, it's Google's deficiency of searching puctuation.
NC, I think in the case of Navision and .NET, the bigger problem might actually be that there doesn't seem to be much useful information about Navision online anywhere, at least not in English.
I rarely find anything about .Net answered via a Google web serach that isn't just a web-enabled copy of the newsgroups. With a Google Groups search, I just tack on "group:microsoft.public.dotnet*" to grab all of the .Net-related groups... works like a charm.
Greg Hurlman (blogs.squaretwo.net)
> Fine, can you please post exactly how you'd keep the search quality as they are now, and still allow for a search for .net come up. What if I release a product tomorrow called .com, will it outrank all the stories about .com failures, and verisign etc...
>If it has a higher PageRank(tm), then yes, of course.
I asked a guy from Google this exact question at GnomeDex. He was surprised and told me that certain keywords will ignore the normal search routines and give you the results you might expect. He thought .NET would have been one of those keywords, but apparently not. He said he was going to mention it to someone, but he either didn't or they didn't want to make it a special keyword for some reason.
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