Documentation for everything

Hello fellow geeks!

Today I’d like to share a nice piece of software that has boosted my productivity by 200%. It’s a tool that allows you to download documentation from a lot of libraries, frameworks, programming / scripting languages, stack overflow, packagist and more. It’s called Dash (for mac) and Zeal docs for Windows / linux. For this post I will be talking about Dash specifically, but most of it also applies to zealdocs.

What it does

Like they say themselves:

Dash gives your Mac instant offline access to 150+ API documentation sets.

It integrates with the system (shortkey) and a lot of editors / other systems. As an example, in your editor, you can select some text (for instance, Angular’s $http) and push the shortkeys for Dash (defaults to cmd+shift+d), which will bring up the documentation on $http for angular.js. Are you writing php, and are you unsure on what strstr or stristr do? Select that, press the shortkeys and boom, documentation.

Like I said, it has documentation for a lot of things. Node.js, PHP, javascript, ruby, Zend Framework 2, Laravel, and much, much, much (I can keep going like this) much more.

It also supports Packagist and automatically builds documentation for all packages you wish to use, if there aren’t any. And it supports stackoverflow by downloading answered questions which you can search.

Download

It’s offline, fast, has everything in one place and doesn’t force you to wait for the browser. It’s just cool. Check it out:

Mac: Dash

Windows/Linux: Zeal docs

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  1. How do you integrate stackoverflow into zeal?

    • Hello Benny,

      You can click “add” or “install” and choose stackoverflow.

      • I don’t see either of those options in Zeal. When I go to Zeal Options, under the Docsets tab, there is a button that says “Add feed”, and if I click that button, an input box pops up that is labeled “Feed URL:” but I can’t find anything about a stack overload feed url on the intenet. Am I looking in the wrong place?

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