Development involves using a lot of tools, apis, methods and documentation for such items is often found using your friend Google Search. Today I have seen a very cool tool for Mac OSX. Its called Dash, and its a free app found in the App store.
What is it that Dash offers?
In the image below I have opened a HTML5 document in my preferred editor “Sublime Text 2“. I want more information about the tag “section”, and as I have set up the short-cut “Shift+Cmd+$” in the OSX global short cut settings I simply mark the tag and press that key combination. Voila! Dash opens and have found some nice HTML5 documentation for the section tag, cool!
Snippets – cross app too!
It also offers snippets, which I have tried only a little. It seems very cool as it works anywhere allowing you to add “abbreviations” for each snippet. So say you have a HTML5 boilerplate which you use a lot, simply paste the boilerplate into Dash, add some variables or an date place field (which will automatically insert current date when executed) and define say “html5bp. Every time you type that abbreviation it will be replaced with the snippet!
If you have any comments or experiences related to Dash please share through a comment here on this blog post.
My small notes – updates
- I would love to get “fuzzy search” like in Sublime Text 2
- Seems that you cannot easily share found directly to say twitter, pity