SourceForge and Krugle Bring Code Search to World's Largest Open Source Software Repository
SourceForge.net (part of the OSTG, Inc. technology network, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VA Software Corporation, NASDAQ: LNUX) and Krugle, Inc. today announced that SourceForge.net has embedded Krugle's search engine into the world's largest repository of open source software. The search engine gives developers direct, contextual access to the underlying code of the site's 145,000 open source projects. The announcement addresses the growing importance of specialized search engines as valuable tools to help developers deal with increasing software complexity.
According to a study by Evans Data Corporation, developers spend a quarter of their time trying to find code. By adding Krugle's search functionality into the existing SourceForge.net environment, developers are now able to search not only for projects, but for the code that those projects are built on. This added functionality allows developers to find code quicker and expose them to projects they may never have been aware of.
"The software industry is moving toward a search-driven development model," said Ken Krugler, founder and CTO, Krugle. "What we announced today is the equivalent of search on steroids: giving developers the power to search deep inside the world's largest repository of open source code."
The companies believe that search-driven development will facilitate further adoption of commercial open source software by helping companies manage the proliferation of open source in the enterprise.
"We're delighted to be working together with Krugle to bring this new capability to the open source community," said Mike Rudolph, vice president and general manager, SourceForge.net.
"Embedding code search directly into Sourceforge.net makes what is already the world's largest open source destination much stronger and opens new opportunities for developers to create the next great open source project."
The integration of Krugle's search engine expands the toolset SourceForge.net is able to offer its community of developers. It allows users to search for code directly within SourceForge.net, making it much easier to get to code within the context in which they are working.
"Today's announcement is a significant step toward helping the open source movement accelerate its already rapid growth," said Andrew Aitken, founder and managing partner of the open source management consulting firm, Olliance Group. "It demonstrates the dramatic impact open source has on the way software is developed."