EclipseCon 2007 March 5-8, Santa Clara California





The Power of Open Source Search at the Fingertips of Eclipse Users

Ricardo Morla (UC Irvine)

· Short Talk

Wednesday, 14:10, 10 minutes | Room 210

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Ever felt like you were programming the same piece of code all over again? Or thought that someone else has already coded the algorithm you are about to code? Open source repositories are very likely to have the exact software that you need or that you can slightly change to fit your requirements. Searching such repositories and retrieving relevant results has been the research focus of several groups, including Google code search, Koders, and our group at UC Irvine. Our group has produced a service-based search engine termed Sourcerer that is based on static analysis of source code and on relevance sorting using the CodeRank algorithm. The web service for Sourcerer can be found at http://sourcerer.ics.uci.edu. However, simply providing a web interface to the search engine does not fully exploit the potential of integration with the programmers' IDE, e.g. Eclipse. In this short talk I'll describe the Sourcerer code search plugin tool that we developed at UC Irvine and show how the source code search integration potential can be more fully exploited using this tool.

After receiving his PhD from Lancaster University UK, Ricardo Morla joined the Mondego group at UC Irvine, where a search engine for open source code search is being developed based on static analysis of open source repositories such as SourceForge. Ricardo is working on a number of problems ranging from the integration of this search engine with Eclipse, to information retrieval in open source projects, and deployment issues in ubiquitous computing systems.

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