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Heron-Centric: Ruminations of a Language Designer
Custom Search Engine for Programming Languages
by Christopher Diggins
November 23, 2006
I've recently discovered the Google custom search engine service (the so-called Google co-op) and I've used it to build a search engine service dedicated to programming languages.


The new co-op service from Google is very impressive. It lets you build custom search engines on any topic with a very fine level of control over how it orders your results to suit your audience. I recently built my very own custom search engine for programming language research (, so that I don't have to append superflous words to my searches like "language", "programming", or "theory". So now typing "Pizza" gives me the results I want!

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Christopher Diggins is a software developer and freelance writer. Christopher loves programming, but is eternally frustrated by the shortcomings of modern programming languages. As would any reasonable person in his shoes, he decided to quit his day job to write his own ( ). Christopher is the co-author of the C++ Cookbook from O'Reilly. Christopher can be reached through his home page at

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