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May: Beyond grep: ack and other code search tools

May's special guest is Andy Lester...

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

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

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  • Patrick S.

    Links from the talk:
    - - Main site for ack, contains much of the info that was in the slides
    - - Something of a "Preventing SQL Injection for Dummies". Explains the problem in simple terms and provides cookbook solutions for many programming languages.
    - - Similar to "Bobby Tables", but about HTML parsing and how to do it better than trying to use regular expressions.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Wayne D.

    Ack sounds like a great tool. I also appreciated the other tips & tricks he shared.

    May 22, 2013

  • Patrick S.

    Great talk, Andy! In person feedback I received from my colleagues has been great. We'd love to have you back at some point in the future.

    May 22, 2013

  • Michael K.

    I was impressed to see presentation of ack program by the author. The presentation was great and informative. I would like to use knowledge obtained during presentation on practice.

    May 22, 2013

  • Justin S.

    Very indepth, informative and entertaining speaker! Thanks!

    May 22, 2013

  • Jeremy D.

    Very informative presentation on a tool I'm excited to start using. Thanks Andy!

    May 21, 2013

  • Patrick S.

    Are you saying prior talks have not been useful?

    April 11, 2013

    • Wayne D.

      They might have been. I was looking at porn on my phone the other times, though.

      1 · April 12, 2013

  • Wayne D.

    Sounds useful!

    1 · April 11, 2013

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