Jarhoo is a good step in a right direction

If you often wonder which jar a particular class comes from, Jarhoo has indexed a number of common distributions of java applications and libraries and allows to do a quick lookup by a name substring or a jar file substring.

Among other applications, it includes BEA Weblogic, so it is sometimes useful for me in troubleshooting classpath issues.

There are some growing pains still:

  • It does not indicate which Service Pack of the product is uses. One assumes the latest
  • It does not allow to add or remove product from a search list. It would have been useful to speed up the search by adding – for example – +product:WLS81
  • There seem to be some sort of double escape of < sign in Jar File Locations entries

An interesting thing is that just from looking at the interface, I can tell it is running Lucene under the hood. The ‘2 seconds’ response time especially is a telling sign.

I wish the project well and I hope that, based on its success, many more mini apps will appear. It is certainly the right direction.

BlogicBlogger Over and Out

2 thoughts on “Jarhoo is a good step in a right direction”

  1. That’s bizarre. I thought their functionality was barely useful even for a free application. Having it as a paid service makes not sense. They must be just trying to recoup the hosting/bandwidth fee, as the fee is not as such very high, just very annoying.

    I guess they jumped the shark. Hopefully, somebody else will come up in their place with better functionality that is more worth the price.

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