So I have to admit that I work rather "primitively" most of the time, but I realize now that in order to increase my productivity I have to work smarter. Thus, I'm looking for guidance from the top users of stackoverflow: how do you work efficiently? How do you work smart?
- How can I auto-link to, say, Java API? What do I need to do so that if I type
String.split, etc, it automatically generates the links?
- How can I auto-insert, say, canned footers? Many regular expressions questions, for example, can benefit from a references section to, say, regular-expressions.info. What do I need to do so that I can enable some sort of macro replacement or whatever, e.g. type
"bloch-cloneisbroken", etc and have that be automatically replaced with predetermined texts?
- What do I need to do so that I can pretty much drag and drop links into my question, instead of typing it as text?
Searching into your own body of work
- Sometimes you want to pull parts of your own answers from the past, but this can be hard to find, e.g. if you forgot the question title, etc. How can I "Google" my own archive of answers?
An external editor?
I'd imagine the most effective way may involve an external editor that enables all these things, and then either copy/pasting it to stackoverflow, or have it post to stackoverflow through some sort of plug-in? I've heard some awesome stuff about TextMate, so perhaps this is what I need?
Then maybe I can somehow "import" all my past answers and build my own local searchable index or something? Then use Google Desktop or something?