GitHub Announces Improvements To Its Code Search

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The interface for quickly going through several repositories and selecting the relevant code will greatly enhance developer productivity

As a developer, you are always searching for answers to critical problems. Whenever that process often gets hindered, you get annoyed. The longer it takes to offer a solution, the more context you lose.

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Earlier this year, GitHub launched the GitHub Copilot, an AI pair programmer that helps write better code. GitHub also released Codespaces for faster code implementation. 

Adding to the list is GitHub’s newest feature that will enable developers to quickly go through nearly five million-plus repositories through its code search interface.

As per the announcement on GitHub’s blog, the new search feature is under preview. Users can log in to their accounts and try it out. Based on the feedback, GitHub will make relevant changes to the code search interface to see what works best, and upon success, will eventually integrate it into the main website.

Here’s what to expect: 

  • Easily find what you’re looking for among the top results, with smart ranking and an optimised index for code.
  • Search for an exact string with support for substring matches and special characters, or use regular expressions (enclosed in / separators).
  • Scope your searches with org: or repo: qualifiers, with auto-completion suggestions in the search box.
  • Refine your results using filters like language:, path:, extension:, and Boolean operators (OR, NOT). Search for definitions of a symbol with symbol:.
  • Get your bearings quickly with additional features, like a directory tree view, symbol information for the active scope, jump-to-definition, select-to-search and more!

GitHub intends to improve the experience of its users by incorporating new ideas and support features. The latest development will help you maintain a better flow state while coding by displaying the most relevant results first, thereby raising your productivity and helping you with auto-completion at every step. 

And once you get to the result page, the rich browsing experience will help you make sense of unfamiliar logic quickly – even for code outside your IDE.

GitHub’s vision for code search is to assist every developer search, discover, navigate and understand code quickly and intuitively. 


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