Microsoft and HackerRank bring executable code snippets to Bing’s look for results pages

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:50 PM

Most look for engines, though, don’t precisely specialize in code look for and so you finish up with a couple of links (one of them most likely to StackOverflow).

Microsoft and HackerRank bring executable code snippets to Bing’s look for results pages

Sooner or later, every programmer ends up searching for code snippets and algorithms. Most look for engines, though, don’t precisely specialize in code look for and so you finish up with a couple of links (one of them most likely to StackOverflow). Now, Microsoft has partnered with HackerRank to bring code snippets right into its Bing look for results pages — and as an added twist, you can also edit and perform this code right on those pages, too.

To trigger this, all you've to do is look for for something love “string concat C#” or a similar question and Bing will population up the editor for you. Using the widget, you can also switch to other languages as well. Depending on the algorithm you’re looking for, the options here comprise C, C++, C#, Python, PHP, and Java.

HackerRank co-founder Vivek Ravisankar tells me the project currently features over 80 code snippets that focus on the most commonly searched terms.

Microsoft is positioning this as both a productivity and learning tool.

In addition to learning how a certain algorithm/code is written in a given language, users will also be able to check how the same solution is constructed in a range of other programming languages too — providing a Rosetta-stone model for programming languages,” says Marcelo De Barros, Grouping Engineering Manager for the UX Features and Shared Tools at Bing.

If you’re a Visual Studio user, it’s also worth checking out Microsoft’s Developer Assistant plugin (previously known as the Bing Code Look for add-on), which allows you to discover and reuse over twenty-one million code snippets and samples right from within the IDE.

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