DuckDuckGo's plan to become the programmer's search engine

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 9, 2016
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Development, Misc

The search engine DuckDuckGo is working on improving results for programming related search queries using its instant answers feature.

If you are a programmer, especially when you are just starting out, you probably search for information and code examples regularly.

Even if you learn using one of those "getting started" books, chance is high that questions remain unanswered.

Search is one option to get answers. There are others obviously, for instance to join a community like Stadck Overflow to get answers for questions that you may have.

Still, sometimes it is just a simple thing that you require an answer for. Maybe you want to know more about the syntax of a property or command, or a basic example to better understand how you'd use something in your own code.

DuckDuckgo Programmer's Search Engine

DuckDuckGo's Instant Answers feature is not new. It provides you with direct answers on the search results page. While those may not always be sufficient to answer all questions you may have, they sometimes are sufficient. This means that you won't have to click on sites listed in the results in hope of finding the answer you are looking for listed on them.

The search engine company started a new project to become the best search engine for programmers a couple of months ago.

The main idea is to use Instant Answers to provide programmers with direct answers for search queries.

The teams concentrate on the fix languages JavaScript, CSS, Python, Perl and Swift currently with all partially supported already.

If you search for CSS Font or CSS Transition on DuckDuckGo for instance, you will get examples and information right at the top of the results. There is a "show more" link usually that you need to click on to display all information.

While some functions and properties are supported already, others are not. It is a hit and miss currently but support will get better over time.

Links are provided that lead to the Internet resource the information was taken from. These resources often offer more extensive information, and you may want to open them if the instant answer leaves questions unanswered.

Instant answers cannot answer all questions that you may have about a supported programming language. They do answer basic questions though, especially about the syntax and that is sometimes all that is required.

It seems likely that DuckDuckGo will add more programming languages to its instant answers feature once it completes integrating current ones.

Now You: If you have programming related questions: what do you do or where do you go?

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  1. Jon said on September 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Thats kinda cool a search engine with better programming results. Id like to move to DDG but it seems pointless as i use android.

    1. Kyle_11C said on September 16, 2016 at 7:07 am

      I don’t understand this comment? Why wouldn’t you be able to use DDG on Android?

  2. gh said on September 10, 2016 at 4:38 am

    “concentrate on the fix languages”
    …four, four and a half, five, fix, six, six and a half…
    a search engine for PYTHON source code. (aka )
    ^— was pretty good, but has suspended their service. Hope they will resume
    YMMV. Some of my searches here have met great results, sometimes few (or zero) search results
    might be java code only. My bookmark note sez “useless for python code”

    probably obvious, but mentioning it for sake of completeness:

  3. Anon said on September 9, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I go to bing, funny enough
    It’s my main search engine, it just happens to also give examples and execute code for a number of languages though another platform


    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 9, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      Nice tip. I get that only on certain regional versions of Bing, US for instance, but not on others though.

  4. Rotten Scoundrel said on September 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    —or, if you are really serious…

    You are welcome. :)

    1. Mikhoul said on September 9, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Symbol Hound is even better:

    2. Biu said on September 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Nice one.

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