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I am fond of programming. When I am at home and with my personal computer, you don’t see me playing DOTA. You will see me with a serious face, shifting from one window to another, and constantly pressing the Alt-Tab and F5 keys. I am with a web browser and a text editor coding something, may be a system that will help ease my work at the office or a personal project.

My projects are usually web-based applications. When we say web-based, it uses different technologies, programming languages and frameworks; from server-side to client-side scripts: PHP, CodeIgniter, Javascript, JQuery, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Font-Awesome, React, NodeJS, and MySQL; all at once. You must know most of them in order to build a good web-based application. You need to be a genius to memorize all the methods and classes you can use on your system. Unfortunately, I am not a genius.

I don’t memorize everything. I am not good with memorization. When we still had an internet connection at home, it was easy for me to just google a solution every time I encounter a problem or every time I forgot something. Visiting the online documentation is also what I usually do. But without the internet, you can’t proceed with your work.

One of my solution is creating an offline version of their website. I duplicated the entire website using teleport pro software so I can browse them even without the internet. A few of them, I even created a chrome extension, like Bootstrap 3.3.x Offline Guide, Offline CodeIgniter, and Icon Fonts, so I can browse them easily on chrome.  But for large documentation, searching is the problem. I used to install a specialized search and replace tool just to search for keywords on the contents of the html files on a folder and its sub-folders. This was not an easy task until I found Zeal. 

Zeal is an offline documentation browser for software developers and it comes with 194 awesome docsets available for download. You will be able to get almost all of the documentations available on one manager and its easy to search. 


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