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 java.util.Set, 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 "re-info", "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?


Well, as for "Searching into your own body of work" see https://meta.stackoverflow.com/search specifically the user:me operator.

I also highly recommend installing and using a clipboard stack buffer tool, as documented here:


  • A better clipboard management software, of course! Why didn't I think of that! – polygenelubricants Jun 11 '10 at 8:38

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