Google Releases Source-Code Browsing Tool

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2008-03-17 Print this article Print

The search company's new offering is part of Google Code's project hosting feature.

Google is releasing a new source-code browsing tool.

In a blog post March 15, Jason Robbins, a member of the Google Open Source Team, said the company launched the tool as part of Google Code's project hosting feature. "This new tool makes it easy to navigate through a project's Subversion repository. Key features include: fast directory browsing tree, syntax highlighting, history of changes and easy-to-read diffs," Robbins said.

In his own blog post of March 15, Dion Almaer, also a developer at Google and co-founder of, said the new offering "feels fast, and uses jQuery to flip around in short order, jumping through the revisions of your system, expanding into new directories, etc."

Robbins said users can see the code browsing tool for themselves "under the -Source' tab of any project that we host. For example: Google Gears source code. It's easy to get straight to the source code of a file, yet still see some of its recent history right on the same page. And, you can flip through revisions of a file with just a click."

Robbins also said he expects the tool to continue to mature and evolve "into something even more exciting in the months ahead."


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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