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I work with the programming language Scala. Unfortunately the name is also used in many other contexts. In Google Insights I can restrict the search to a certain category. In the filter section I can choose the category Computer & Electronics / Programming.

When I tried using category:foobar in a normal Google search it gave me an error message:

category: was dropped from your search because it is not supported for this type of search.

How to I filter by category in a normal Google search?

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Have you tried adding some programming related terms to direct Google to the right category? –  Ivo Flipse Sep 15 '10 at 3:31
    
This is the approach I usually take. It's bearable when I'm searching for ruby related stuff because I only have to use it every no and then but the term scala is way more ambiguous so that basically every second search request fails to return the desired reults. –  Stefan Schmidt Sep 15 '10 at 13:20
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I tried this two google search queries

and its working correctly.

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Your links don't generate the error message but neither do they generate the expected result on my computer. When I open the upper one I get this result. As you can see Google searches for the terms of the category rather than filtering by them. –  Stefan Schmidt Sep 15 '10 at 13:07
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Use inurl:mediafire or -inurl:nasa to limit search to terms with or excluded in the sites url

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