Boris Mann

Open Source. Community. Decentralized Web. Building dev tools at Fission. Cooks & eats.



“Instantly grep all code at your company from a web interface, with it producing the relevant files, contextual snippets, and links to the full version in Github/GHE/etc.”


When folks ask me a question about our codebase internally I try to

a) answer the question b) say “If I were trying to find the answer to that question with our tools, here’s my entry point, here’s the search query, and here’s my mental heuristic for why I’d click on result #3”

This is trying to thread the needle on always, always being happy to give responsive answers to questions while also increasing people’s ability to self-serve on them in the future.

Since it’s publicly available, let me mention that the most common tool I use for answering these questions is livegrep and that I intend to boot up a livegrep instance on the first day of every startup for the rest of my life.

It borders on miraculous.

via Patrick McKenzie @patio11