Wil Wheaton, actor, writer, blogger, Linux user, and open source advocate, joined forces with Developer Shed Inc., “Tools for Geeks,” to launch www.igrep.com, a vertical niche search engine specifically aimed at the developer and IT community. Igrep will be powered from Developer Shed’s range of content throughout its network of technology-focused websites, including more than five million documents, frequently asked questions, forums, technology news postings, and other various sources.
“`Grep’ is a search command used by Unix-based programming languages,” explained Rich Smith, Developer Shed's CTO. “Any developer visiting igrep.com will understand at once the kind of deep and targeted search we’re offering.”
When someone executes a query using igrep, the results will enable the end user to drill down in order to find what they need. The results may allow them to read (and sign up for) a relevant newsletter, an FAQ or white paper on the subject, a forum on the topic in which they can participate/discuss and so forth.
Igrep enables developers to choose their own experience as to how results are returned to them. The web site enables users to search by specifying certain criteria, such as open source, scripts, discussion, hardware, and so forth. Searchers will be able to sort their results based on page title; number of hits within a page; or a relevancy score, which is determined by comparing the document against the search term. In particular, users will be able to decide for themselves what criteria are used to determine how results are returned and the level of relevancy they want to see in their results.
In addition to the website, igrep is available as a downloadable toolbar that users can install in their browsers.
Wil Wheaton will be a keynote speaker at the Red Hat Summit, to be held in New Orleans, 1-3 June 2005 to discuss igrep and its impact on the developer and IT community. The talk will give attendees an excellent opportunity to hear the ways in which igrep can help them find exactly what they’re looking for and in doing so making them more productive.