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Was just looking into the possibility of having an offline local copy of stack overflow for when I'm internetless. I found a blog post about the data explorer, although it looks like it's designed to be used online. The source code for the data explorer is available, and I'm guessing that would make it possible to download and modify to point at an offline dump. Has anyone tried this, or found a better approach?

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It's Batman! goes to warn the Joker, who obviously hangs out on MSO – jadarnel27 Feb 15 '12 at 21:54
Define what you mean by "offline dump"...You can load the data dumps into a local SQL Server instance and run Data Explorer off of that, of course. – Tim Stone Feb 15 '12 at 22:01
Wouldn't a better approach be to just query your database directly with SSMS (assuming you're using SQL Server). I love DATA.SE but its not as good as SSMS – Some Helpful Commenter Feb 15 '12 at 22:42
Tim, this is what I meant by offline dump, which seems to be what you assumed. Thanks for the tip, do you have a link for further reading on loading data dumps into SQL Server? – Batman0730 Feb 16 '12 at 13:50
Conrad, thanks for the tip, I'll look into it. TO THE BATCAVE! – Batman0730 Feb 16 '12 at 13:50
I'm sure you can find a tool on your belt for this. – Bear Alexander Feb 16 '12 at 15:09
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Sure, nothing is stopping you loading up the data dump using a tool like SODDI and running it locally on a windows box. I do so myself. There is some basic doco in the readme.

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This looks to be what I was looking to do. Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try some time today and confirm your answer. – Batman0730 Feb 16 '12 at 14:43

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