Algolia, the leading API Platform for Search & Discovery, revealed the most sophisticated search engine to date for open-source packages with Openbase, a platform to help developers navigate the world of open-source. Openbase.com’s new on-site search functionality, powered by Algolia, will save developers valuable research time and allow them to confidently choose the right packages from multiple sources based on relevant metrics, reviews and filters.
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“We’ve helped developers save more than 478,000 hours to date and this partnership with Algolia will immediately provide value to our developer community by helping them search across three million open-source packages and choose the right one, confidently and effortlessly.”
“Our mission at Algolia is to empower developers to easily add search and discovery functionalities to any app or experience,” said Piyush Patel, Chief Strategic Business Officer for Algolia. “We’re delighted to partner with Openbase because they are solving very real pain points for developers by creating a unified search and discovery experience across various open-source ecosystems.”
Open-source packages have become the building blocks of software. According to Synopsys, more than 70% of code in modern apps comes from open-source packaging. With more than three million open-source packages and hundreds more launching every day, picking the right package has historically been extremely challenging and time-consuming.
“We created Openbase to help developers build amazing products faster,” said Lior Grossman, CEO at Openbase. “We’ve helped developers save more than 478,000 hours to date and this partnership with Algolia will immediately provide value to our developer community by helping them search across three million open-source packages and choose the right one, confidently and effortlessly.”
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While other searching platforms typically result in hundreds of packages (including many that are irrelevant to developers’ needs), the new search engine that Algolia implemented for Openbase enables developers to filter results based on the specific frameworks that they use, such as React, Vue, Node or Django. For power users, the search functionality offers advanced filtering by the last commit to the project, GitHub stars, TypeScript support and more.
“Before Openbase, I would have to search across npm, GitHub and Google, then dig deeper to find out if a project was well-maintained and determine what other developers thought about the package,” said George Moller, web development expert. “Now I can just search on Openbase and they bring all the insights to one place so I know I’m choosing a package that won’t go away next week and that I can trust.”