5 Great Code Search Engines!

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Search Engines

Happy Programmer Day! Are you still writing your own code or flailing around on Google to find a sample or snippet you need? Well kick back, relax and check out these great tools for finding code. Work smarter not harder!

  1. Krugle: Krugle is very impressive as a code search tool, it adds a touch of social aspect and allows searching for projects and tech pages as well as just code. Added to a large list of languages to search from and more filter options and you get an amazingly useful tool.
  2. Google Code Search: From Google Labs comes the best way to search for code on Google, supports a huge array of languages from Ada to Yacc. Make sure to use the advance search.
  3. Koders: The Koders about page claims the site is the leader in code search. A neat interface on the main page offers quick language and license search options on another long list choices. While not my favorite of the bunch I can certainly see how it’s the leader.
  4. O’Reilly Code Search: Search all the code examples from the O’Reilly books. I love O’Reilly books and they do a great job with the code examples. This is an excellent place to look for straightforward solutions to common problems.
  5. UCodit: Still in beta and worth keeping an eye on, the search and results display is very nice, but the lack of filtering on the search is a real problem.

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  • Mike

    David, thanks for noticing Krugle. They are definitely worth keeping an eye on. AltSearchEngines just did a walk-through with them that you might find interesting.

    http://altsearchengines.com/2007/09/26/krugle-d

  • Mike

    David, thanks for noticing Krugle. They are definitely worth keeping an eye on. AltSearchEngines just did a walk-through with them that you might find interesting.

    http://altsearchengines.com/2007/09/26/krugle-does-more-than-just-code-search/

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    Hey

    Thanks for the list..I was not aware of koders and Ucodeit

    Thanks
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    Hey

    Thanks for the list..I was not aware of koders and Ucodeit

    Thanks
    Shoban

  • Srikanth

    Excellent information, I hope this will save my time instead of everytime referring for syntax from books or general google search.

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    Krugle is the best. One thing about koders you state that “A neat interface on the main page” which is true but after that page its a complete mess especially on the code page. Good work.

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  • Srikanth

    Excellent information, I hope this will save my time instead of everytime referring for syntax from books or general google search.

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    Krugle is the best. One thing about koders you state that “A neat interface on the main page” which is true but after that page its a complete mess especially on the code page. Good work.

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    Definitely also try http://findthatcode.com it has millions of searchable source code