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Published : Oct 27, 2021
Oct 2021
Assess ? Worth exploring with the goal of understanding how it will affect your enterprise.

Another abstract syntax tree–based code search tool that received our attention is Sourcegraph. In contrast to Comby, which is open source, Sourcegraph is a commercial tool (with a 10-user free tier). Sourcegraph is particularly suited for searching, navigating or cross-referencing in large codebases. The cloud-hosted version can be accessed through Sourcegraph's website and is designed to search publicly available open-source repositories. Whereas Comby is a lightweight command-line tool for automating repetitive tasks, Sourcegraph's emphasis is on interactive developer tools for understanding and navigating large code bases. Unlike Comby's sed-like interface, Sourcegraph's automated code rewriting capability is driven from a UI, allowing users to review changes before they're made. Because Sourcegraph is a hosted service, it also has the ability to continuously monitor code bases and send alerts when a match occurs.

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