Google Code

Yesterday I spoke with Chris DiBona, Google's open source outreach point man. He told me of plans to launch Google Code, a place where Google makes some of its code-innovations back to the open source community. The site went live today with four developer tools, which are way beyond…

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Yesterday I spoke with Chris DiBona, Google’s open source outreach point man. He told me of plans to launch Google Code, a place where Google makes some of its code-innovations back to the open source community. The site went live today with four developer tools, which are way beyond my ability to grok. Chris told me that Google had been planning to do this for some time down, and that this is not a response to recent postings complaining that Google only takes from the OSS community. On the other hand, surely this move will be welcomed.

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Today, Google launched Google Code. Located on the web at
http://code.google.com, Google Code offers software source code and tools
that developers can use for their own projects. The site also features
developer-targeted resources including a directory of Google APIs and an
online forum where participants can find answers and share ideas.

At launch, Google Code will offer four software development libraries and
tools which are designed to make programs faster, easier to debug, and more
reliable. They include:

. CoreDumper: The CoreDumper library can be compiled in to applications to
create core dumps of the running program, without termination. It supports
both single-and multi-threaded core dumps, even if the kernel doesn't
natively support multi-threaded core files.

. Sparse Hashtable: This project contains several hash-map implementations
in use at Google, including implementations that optimize for space or
speed.

. Goopy/Functional: Goopy Functional is Python library that brings
functional programming aspects to Python. Python is, and can be use

. Perftools: These tools can be used to create robust applications such as
XX, and XX. Especially of use to those developing multi-threaded
applications in C++ with templates. Includes TCMalloc, heap-checker,
heap-profiler and cpu-profiler.

We're very excited about this announcement and opportunity to interact with
the developer community. If you get a chance today visit Google Code on the
web at http://code.google.com and check it out. As always, we welcome your
feedback.

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

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