Beyond grep: ack and other code search tools

Programmers have long used grep for searching their source code, but there are tools that go beyond grep's capabilities. We'll explore some of them in this talk, with an emphasis on ack, a tool written in Perl that's based on grep but tuned specifically for programmers.

Topics will include:

  • Staying in The Zone: Why grep isn't enough
  • ack and the new ack 2.0
  • ctags + cscope
  • Integrating with your editor
  • Other code search tools that go beyond grep

If you've got a favorite code search tool, or can talk about best practices using these tools, we'd love to hear them.

The presenter is Andy Lester, the author of ack, many Perl modules, and the book "Land The Tech Job You Love", published by Pragmatic Bookshelf.

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  • Sean B.

    I apologize, but I the speaker, need to reschedule again. So sorry. I just sent an email to Doug yesterday.

    April 21, 2013

  • Joel B.

    I defend my Ph.D. thesis the next morning, early, so I won't be able to make it (again). Hopefully this is the last one I will miss, after missing several events through this process. Happy Perling all!

    April 20, 2013

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