New GitHub code search generally available – com! professional

GitHub’s new code search and code view are now available to all users on This should enable developers to browse their code faster, understand it and ultimately become more productive.

One of the most basic responsibilities of developers is reading and understanding code. Whether planning and implementing a new feature, investigating a bug, or reviewing a pull request, developers typically spend more time reading and understanding code than writing it.

That’s why, for the past two years, GitHub has unveiled plans to improve code search and showcased the technology that has helped developers do it. GitHub’s new code search and code view are now available to all users on

GitHub’s goal with the new Code Search and Code View is to give developers the ability to quickly search, navigate, and understand their code, put important information into context, and ultimately become more productive. To achieve this, three new features have been introduced on

  • First, a completely redesigned search interface with suggestions, completions, and the ability to slice and dice the results.
  • Second, have a code search engine that’s new from the ground up and is said to be about twice as fast as the old code search. It supports substring queries, regular expressions and symbol searches and “understands” the code so that the most relevant results come first.
  • And third, GitHub’s code view has been completely redesigned, tightly merging search, browsing, and code navigation.
GitHub employee Colin Merkel provides further information on the new code search this side.

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