If you've used the BeOS for any time at all, you've almost certainly
used the Find command to look for something somewhere on your hard disk.
And, if you were watching carefully, you might have noticed that the BeOS
/home/queries directory to store a history of
your searches. These stored queries all have the same icon, which is this
week's IconWorld story.
The BeOS's searching is very powerful, and many people find it a
tremendous advantage of the BeOS, particularly software developers who can
combine the Tracker's ability to display custom attributes and the find
function to put query capability into their applications with very little
This is a great advantage for users as well, because the interface for
performing searches and viewing the results can be very similar across
applications, even from different developers or development companies. In
fact, if you know what you're doing, you can use the normal BeOS Find panel
to do those same searches, giving you exactly the same interface for
Going back to your stored queries, it's a good idea to give them meaningful
names soon after deciding that the results were what you wanted, and to
throw away any queries that didn't perform the way you expected. That way,
you'll be able to repeat any useful query very easily, by double-clicking
Another helpful hint: Did you know that you could edit the search
criteria of an existing query? Just open the query by double-clicking it,
and choose Edit Query from the File menu of the query results window. Your
new search criteria are saved to the existing query file, so this is a great way
to save a periodically changing search, or to refine a query until it gives
you exactly what you want.
There are a bunch of other interesting ways you can use queries in the
BeOS. Be sure to check out The BeOS Tip of the Week section, which has multiple Tips that deal with queries, and then send us suggestions for your
favorite new ideas!