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Introducing the New Code Detective for Developers

Urbana-Champaign - May 2005 - This month a group of developers at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign CS428 class announced the release of their latest code search technology, CodeCrawler, with the application being made immediately available as open source to interested developers through their website,

CodeCrawler is a new tool that transforms the power of traditional search tools into an intelligent, token-identifying, code-discovering engine that delivers relevantly ranked results for developers wishing to find components of source code across local file systems and web-based code banks.

The power behind CodeCrawler is a multi-component core delivered via a simple, user-friendly interface available to any interested party with web access. Among the components are such technologies as Lucene, CTAGs, and Highlight, which lend to capabilities of this new tool.

Users of CodeCrawler will be able to quickly gain pertinent information about classes, methods, functions, variables and other programming elements from the code bases made available through straightforward configuration settings. This kind of responsive information mining will lead to faster access to code bases which will facilitate a better analysis of source code at various levels of software development.

Brought together by Professor Ralph Johnson's course in the Computer Science department at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, the CodeCrawler group came together in late 2004 to create a developer's code search application that would be easy-to-use and easier to maintain and improve.

For further information, please visit our website at or contact a CodeCrawler member.