Krugle aspires to be the Google of software code search,
even referring to itself as a verb. And recently, Krugle has
started to become the go-to search site for open-source
developers, partnering with key websites, including
SourceForge.net, the leading repository for open-source
software projects, to embed Krugle search. Krugle also
announced a similar partnership with CollabNet, a community of
1 million developers.
Cofounder and CTO Ken Krugler says Krugle soothes a pain
point for developers: They spend 25 percent or more of their
time searching for lines of code to perform certain functions
that may already exist. There’s no sense in writing code that’s
already been written, says Krugler.
How does Krugle simplify code search on SourceForge?
Developers typically visit SourceForge to find a project
similar to the one they’re doing. But they end up having
to download the whole project. Krugle lets them search through
the project to see if it fits the bill without downloading it
Krugle gives software developers one thing they need most,
time, says John Andrews, CEO of Evans Data, a research
“If you could shave 10 percent of that [search] time off,
that is a huge productivity improvement either in costs
savings, revenue generation or just spare time,” Andrews
Google is still the first stop for many open-source
developers, but as the volume of open-source code grows, as
companies use more open source for development internally, and
as more software companies open their previously proprietary
code, Google may not be able to keep up, says Andrews.
Krugle’s next venture will be search for open-source
development within enterprises: An enterprise product currently
in beta is slated for general release in the second half of