Programmers Get Their Own Search Engine

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-02-06 Print this article Print

A Silicon Valley startup claims to have come up with a search engine for source code and code-related information. (Linux-Watch)

Developers can use Google and other search engines to find source code, but its not easy. A Silicon Valley startup claims to have come up with a better alternative—a search engine for source code and code-related information. The tool, known as Krugle, is designed to deliver easy access to source code and other highly relevant technical information in a single, convenient, clean, easy-to-use interface, according to the company.
Krugle works by crawling, parsing, and indexing code found in open-source repositories and code that exists in archives, mailing lists, blogs and Web pages.
Its based on a combination of open-source and proprietary technology, according to the company. On the open-source side, its based on the Apache Software Foundations Nutch and Lucene Web search projects, as well as on the Antlr (ANother Tool for Language Recognition) parser generator. While the Krugle search engine is not itself open-source, the company says it participates in the open-source projects from which part of Krugles code springs, and also in other development communities. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Programmers get their own search engine Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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