writes "It's always been a dream of programmers: stop reinventing the wheel. So much time is wasted re-implementing things that have already been solved, because it is too difficult to find the previous module. While previous source code search engines have promised to solve this problem, the quality of the results has traditionally been lower than necessary to make them time efficient. News forge has an atrcile on a solution
thats still in the alpha stage (and presently only for Java), namely the fledgling source-code search engine Allthecode. Unlike previous generations of code search engines (such as google codesearch and koders), it actually considers how often code is used and the context in which it used, often leading to better results. This seems like just what we need to unify the open-source community, allowing projects to avoid unnecessarily duplicating work."