Googling Stack Traces

4. June, 2011

How often did you run into a problem, googled for it and eventually found a solution because someone else had had the same problem?

In this process, the key issue is to find a good query for Google.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your computer would support you here?

It wouldn’t even be hard to implement: When an error happens, programming languages have context, say, a stack trace. Some programs like the H2 database and Maven already use something like that: Every error message contains a URL where you can find additional information.

So what we would need is a wiki for stack traces.

And a plug-in for our favorite IDE to find similar stack traces in this wiki.

Kudos go to Marcel Bruch for the idea.