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Universal code search startup Sourcegraph gets $23 million in funding

Universal code search startup Sourcegraph Inc. is looking to get some more attention from the developer community it serves after raising $23 million in a Series B round of funding announced today.

Sourcegraph’s Universal Code Search is a tool that’s used by developers to explore the code base of the applications and programs they’re working on.

It helps eliminate the headaches that arise from having to deal with multiple programming languages, file formats and developer tools, the company said. With Sourcegraph, developers can search their code quickly and easily in order to fix any bugs or make any other changes that need doing.

“Developers use code search to find, understand and change code during daily development and tasks like code reviews,” Quinn Slack, Sourcegraph’s co-founder and chief executive officer, said in an interview with SiliconANGLE. “It’s not just about how developers discover and explore codebases but also about how they can quickly understand code in context.”

Sourcegraph’s platform ties together information from multiple developer tools and code repositories, and can be used for purposes such as code discovery, which is when developers need to find a specific piece of code that needs to be fixed or updated.

The tool can also be used to find “unknown code” and provide contextual understanding of its purpose. Furthermore, it can be used to automate large-scale code changes when necessary, Slack said.

“Code search is most valuable when it’s universal, covering every programming language, every file format, every code host and every developer tool,” Slack said. “We are using the money to expand our product team to cover every major developer technology.”

Image: Sourcegraph

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