A new vertical search engine plans to launch this Monday, with a twist. Koders.com has the goal of helping programmers find open source code they need to do their job. From the site’s “about” page:
A significant portion of application development involves a process of find, copy, paste, and integrate. This process can be greatly accelerated when you can find existing source code that provides a solution to the task at hand.
Koders makes it easy for software developers to find existing source code that solves many common development problems with our vast index of working source code from a variety of open source projects. In many cases you may find code that solves the exact problem you are working on, and in other cases, you can find an 80% solution – where existing code can be suited to your needs with minor modifications.
This is a cool idea, though I have to admit I have no idea if it is an unsolved problem. Plenty of programmers/coders read this site, so let me know if this is the kind of service you might need or want. I do know that as someone who is about to embark on building an open source-based platform, this could certainly prove a valuable resource.
More details from a release I was just sent:
The company currently indexes over 190 million lines of code from more than 28 thousand projects in hundreds of open source repositories that users can search by keyword, language, and license or perform advanced queries using enhanced syntax. Search results are then displayed in a developer-friendly format that makes it easy to understand the code in its original working context.
Koders.com also features a unique Project Cost Calculator that presents a side-by-side analysis of leveraging existing code versus developing it from scratch. Not only does this enable easy assessment of build-versus-buy alternatives, it also provides developers with a quantifiable perspective of their contributions to the open source community.