Scratching an itch - UI5 Icon Finder
There are a huge number of icons as standard in the UI5 library, both in the SAPUI5 and OpenUI5 flavours. Here’s the Icon Explorer from the SDK.
One of the problems I have is that when I’m looking for an icon, the search term I have in my head is not necessarily going to match up with the name of the icon in the library.
For example, I might be looking for a “cog”, with the icon on the left in mind, but I’m not going to be able find it unless i use the term “action-settings”.
And in the light of the session I gave this weekend at SAP Inside Track Sheffield on “Quick & Easy Apps with UI5″, where I focused on single-file apps, albeit with full MVC, I decided to hack together a little smartphone-focused app where I could search for icons, and add my own “aliases” so that next time I searched, the search would look at my aliases too.
It’s a very simple affair, and in this first version, is designed to use the localStorage mechanism in modern browsers so that you build up your own set of aliases. Perhaps a future version might share aliases across different users, so that we can crowdsource and end up with the most useful custom search terms.
Anyway, it’s available currently at http://pipetree.com/ui5/projects/iconfinder/ and you can grab the sources from the Github repo (remembering that the whole point of this is it’s a single-file app!).
Here’s a short screencast of a version of it in action:
Let me know what you think – is it useful? In any case, share & enjoy!