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GitHub’s big code search overhaul

May 8, 2023.

GitHub’s code search.

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GitHub announced a complete overhaul of its code search tool, a project that has been in development for several years. The company says its new search is “about twice as fast” as the older system and “understands the code, prioritizing the most relevant results.” The search function, with its completely redesigned interface, suggests terms and it categorizes and formats results in a smarter way. The tool also supports substring queries, regular expressions, and symbol searching. You can target your search to either an organization’s codebase or to a specific code repository. If you want to explore the tool more thoroughly, GitHub has published a query syntax guide.

Ars Technica, Kevin Purdy, “After 18 months, GitHub’s big code search overhaul is generally available.”


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