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Programming Documentation Search Engine

Published 02/10/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for? gives users access to a large quantity of programming documentation in one place. Users in search of reference documents can find them for almost any popular programming language. The site utilizes a Google Instant inspired search as well as DuckDuckGo !Bang syntax. The user only has to enter search terms to begin. is essentially a refined search designed specifically for programmers. Users who are learning as well as seasoned coders can visit to find answers to questions and learn how to do new things in a long list of languages. A list of supported languages is available on the site, which includes Pearl 5, COBOL, Java Script, HTTP code, PHP, Python, Visual Basic 6, Windows Command, SVN, Linux Kernel Error, Mac iOS Reference and Mercurial. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app? appeared in 2011 to provide programmers with a single source to visit for all their programming reference needs. The website was created to centralize documentation so users could easily find the answers to their pressing programming questions. The website has been given a positive reception among most programmers so far. The only complaint being that the site does not support a code snippet search. Users can perform as many searches of many popular languages as they like.

What are the differences to other apps?

Websites dedicated to programmers are slowly growing, some offering in browser coding tools and others providing a community as well as the information it contains. is one of the few that strives to bring together an immense collection of programming documentation under one virtual roof. The search tool allows users to explore a number of languages to find assistance that might have otherwise required multiple searches and a lot of time exploring Google. refines its search capabilities to offer programmers the ultimate code search.

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How does the web app look and feel to use? keeps things nice and easy without neglecting its personal appearance. A hint of color here and there breaks up the monotony of the site’s plain white background. is intended to provide information and reference material, so flashy images and animations would be out of place on the site. The design is perfect given its intended purpose. The user can easily find the search tool, which is showcased at the center of the homepage and is the heart of the site’s functionality.

How does the registration process work? is a reference tool and does not warrant the use of a user profile or account. Aside from the occasional saved search, users really have no reason to want a account. Making users sign in would only hinder their ability to look for reference material online. Anyone can visit the homepage and enter terms to help them find information on any of the supported programming languages without registering. No account is offered at this time.

What does it cost to use the application?

Just like Google and other common search engines, is designed to provide a simple but helpful service. Charging a fee would discourage users from returning. All visitors can access the site’s search tool at no cost. There is no subscription required or other fee necessary when exploring search results for any programming language on This is definitely a great way to transform into one of the most highly sought programming resources on the web.

Who would you recommend the application to? is intended for one specific group: programmers. Programmers of all skill levels can use the search tool to find documentation on many languages. The user can search as often or infrequently as they like and never has to pay a fee or sign up for an account to do so. The site strives to become a main source of information and documentation for programmers, both casual and professional.

  • All access is free and the user never has to register to use
  • Users can perform unlimited searches any time they like
  • Many popular programming languages are included in search results
  • Lists of commands, directives and functions are linked to the site
  • Programmers can find documentation for almost any project

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