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.