Google Newsgroup Searches
I've been proclaiming the benefit of Google
Newsgroup Searches to find answers to some of my hard to find questions for several years now
What's a Newsgroup?
A newsgroup is an electronic version of a plain old bulletin board. There's a newsgroup established for just about everything, and
savvy programmers (and others) check newsgroups first when they need information about something.
For instance, the other day I was converting an old DAO Access application to ADO, and
was using a SQL statement in which I was looking for a Pattern match using the Like parameter
This statement should select all the fields from the Employee table where the last name field begins with 'SMI'--unfortunately, although it worked fine in the DAO version of the program, it wasn't working with the ADO version--no records at all were being returned.
Google to the rescue
The results you get back from a Google newsgroup search is one message---and it's usually part of a long thread of messages
To find the original question, you must display the entire thread and go back to the first message in the thread. Then, you should read each of the replies to the original question to see if someone has posted an answer.
Of course, you must also realize that sometimes there is no answer, or that a posted answer may be wrong. However, 99 times out of a 100, I get my answers via Google faster than anywhere else.