Prod++: Leaner Search Using DuckDuckGo !Bangs
In this mini-series I will walk you through some habits I replaced in recent times, which have shown to pay off and make me a more productive programmer/power-user of my computer. All these changes should be easy to gradually adopt, so I would highly recommend checking them out. If you’ve any suggestions ☝️ or improvements ✍️, then email me at email@example.com or reach out using any of the social media listed here.
DuckDuckGo is often advocated as the privacy preserving alternative for Google. Besides protecting your privacy it also has a really cool feature called Bangs, which acts as a shortcut to query some commonly used websites.
Bangs work by prefixing your search query with a
! followed by a short code to identify which website you would like to query. To give some examples:
!w turingopens the Wikipedia page of Alan Turing.
!wa derivative of x^3query Wolfram Alpha for the derivative of x cubed.
!enes timetranslates “time” from English to Spanish using Google Translate.
!so python try-catchsearches StackOverflow for “python try-catch”.
!g meaning of lifequery Google search for the meaning of life
!i flowerget images of flowers.
I hope these examples give you a feel on how you can simplify querying specific services to find what you need faster.
You can find more about Bangs, including a list of all available Bangs, on DuckDuckGo’s website.