Lightning Fast Code Search
If you’re like me, you can never remember how to use grep properly to search for text inside files.
I can get by with a:
$ grep -rnw . -e 'todo'
… but it’s not enough and I always have to look it up to use it properly. I’m about to make some alias shortcuts.
On my searches I found a tool called
ack which is dedicated source code searching but before I had the chance to install it, I came across The Silver Searcher (
$ ag) which claims to be a faster version of ack.
It was easy to install with Homebrew and I retried my previous search
$ ag 'todo' . (slightly different but more intuitive syntax) and it came up with all the results, case insensitive, in less than a second, highlighted and everything.
I have yet to integrate it into my daily workflow but it looks really promising. I love time-saving tools.
Find it here: (https://github.com/ggreer/the_silver_searcher)