Google is introducing a new search service that only a geek could love.
The web search leader said it is introducing Google Code Search, a site that simplifies how software developers search for programming code to improve existing software or create new programs.
Google product manager Tom Stocky said the California-based company is set to help programmers sift through billions of lines of computer source code using its familiar search box to uncover snippets of reusable software.
"For a long time it has been sort of an unsolved problem," said Mr Stocky, a product manager in the developer products group.
Google is applying the same machine-driven techniques it uses to help consumers search the web for text, images, video and books to help professional programmers as well as computer enthusiasts overcome stumbling blocks to writing code.
Searchers can seek out specific programming terms or computer languages and dive deep into compressed code to locate specific features. Users also can narrow a search to find software code based on specific licensing requirements, which is a big deal in warding off future patent litigation.
Some programmers say Google Code Search answers some of the nightmares of building software, by creating a central place to trawl for publicly available code.