Google is taking its search expertise to one of its favorite audiences: Software Developers.
The company has launched a Web site, Google Code Search, which according to the company will help programmers search billions of lines of code. This would help them by providing tips and how to write their own software.
The service, conceived by the Google Labs early technology group, will crawl publicly available code, most of which is made available through open-source projects. It is said that, the search and indexing covers code on Web pages and code that resides in compressed files.
The company expects that the search engine will be used primarily as a learning tool to help students and serious programmers, rather than a way to find and copy another person's code.
For example, a developer or a student may need to write a function as part of an application and search the Web to see other examples.
The search engine will let people do both keyword search and "regular expressions," which allow people to search a specified pattern.
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Go to Google Code Search Pagehttp://www.google.com/codesearch
Google Code Search FAQhttp://www.google.com/help/faq_codesearch.html