Weekly Update 107: Improvements for developers
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As you may know, one of the most effective ways to improve an Instant Answer is to evaluate and refine its triggering. Triggering determines when an Instant Answer is called upon for a solution to a query. Some triggers are regular expressions, some are particular words, and others are a mix.
When triggering is bad, an Instant Answer may be asked for a solution to a query that it can't provide. Or worse, it won't be called on to answer a query that it's perfectly capable of returning.
As an example, we have a cheat sheet for the Xamarin IDE, contributed by @gitcode. The software's official name is Xamarin Studio so @gautamkrishnar added "xamarin studio" as an alias for the cheat sheet. Now it will display when users search for either "xamarin cheat sheet" or "xamarin studio cheat sheet", a quick win!
Why not take a look at some of our programming Instant Answers and see if you can create the right balance of triggering more but not too much? Our users will thank you for it!
Speaking of things to do, here are some more ideas for this week...
There are a few tweaks to do, explained by the AngularJS community, that could increase this cheat sheet's relevance.
Similarly, adding usage details would make this cheat sheet more helpful.
Loved by web developers, this is an easy way to try improve the color picker.
A good example of the opportunities for improving triggerering.
IAs for Adoption
The following Instant Answers are looking for a maintainer — someone to moderate suggested changes from the community as well as address any issues that pop up in the future. If you'd like to step forward, please create an issue on GitHub using the button at the bottom of each IA page.
A quick and easy one this week. Sometimes at the command line you want to repeat your last command. Well, there's a command for that:
Perhaps not so useful on its own, but how many times have you had to repeat a command and append
sudo to the front? Now it's easy:
Perhaps it works with sandwiches too: https://xkcd.com/149/
And with that, have a good weekend everyone.
- The DuckDuckGo Staff