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.