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.
It’s based on a combination of open-source and proprietary technology, according to the company.
On the open-source side, it’s based on the Apache Software Foundation’s Nutch and Lucene Web search projects, as well as on the Antlr (ANother Tool for Language Recognition) parser generator.
Krugle is scheduled to go-live on March 8th at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, San Diego, but you can sign up for a beta test for free.
Krugle is not the only source code search engine, there are several more such as Koders and codase which already index thousands of source code lines. How Krugle compares with those, we’ll just have to wait and see.