inessential by Brent Simmons

More Cocoa progress

I was proud of myself. After another day of working through that Cocoa book I had the urge to do a simple app from scratch.

So I did. It just displayed one window with an input text field and a button. Type in the text field, then click the button, then the browser runs a Google search on whatever you typed.

It took me about ten minutes from start to finish.

Admittedly it’s not very useful, so I’m not releasing it (even as sample code). Unless, that is, that I decide to take the obvious next steps, which are... Anybody? Anybody?

Yes, that’s right, a pop-up menu allowing you to choose the search engine. So you could choose Google, Apple developer docs, the PHP website,, etc.

And of course via Preferences you could add, edit, and delete search engines: it would have to be customizable. Now that would be a pretty useful app—more useful than the unfortunate Sherlock, at least.