Wil Wheaton Joins Developer Shed in Launching igrep.com – the Internet's First Developer Search Engine

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Wil Wheaton and DeveloperShed are teaming up to launch igrep, the first (and only) vertical niche search engine designed specifically for developers. The search engine is powered from DeveloperShed's vast array of more than five million technology-related documents, including FAQs. Since igrep indexes only content, it can provide developers with much more relevant content than other search engines.

Wil Wheaton, acclaimed actor, writer, blogger, Linux user, and open source advocate, joined forces with Developer Shed Inc. (http://www.developershed.com), “Tools for Geeks,” a leading provider of developer and information technology resources, to launch http://www.igrep.com, the first (and only) vertical niche search engine specifically aimed at the developer and IT community. Igrep will be powered from Developer Shed’s vast range of content throughout its network of technology-focused websites, including more than five million documents, frequently asked questions, forums, technology news postings, and other various sources.

“`Grep’ is a search command used by Unix-based programming languages,” explained Rich Smith, Developer Shed's CTO. “Any developer visiting igrep.com will understand at once the kind of deep and targeted search we’re offering.”

When someone executes a query using igrep, the results will enable the end user to drill down in order to find what they need. The results may allow them to read (and sign up for) a relevant newsletter, an FAQ or white paper on the subject, a forum on the topic in which they can participate/discuss and so forth.

Igrep will also enable developers to choose their own experience as to how results are returned to them. Igrep will enable users to search by specifying certain criteria, such as open source, scripts, discussion, hardware, and so forth. Searchers will be able to sort their results based on page title; number of hits within a page; or a relevancy score, which is determined by comparing the document against the search term. In particular, users will be able to decide for themselves what criteria are used to determine how results are returned and the level of relevancy they want to see in their results.

Another unique advantage that igrep offers from other search engines is that it only indexes content – not navigation, or text ads, or other irrelevant information. This deep but selective indexing guarantees that anyone using igrep will find only the most relevant content covering a search term.

“Google and Yahoo! can’t provide developers with the level of relevance that we can,” said Jonathan Caputo, Developer Shed Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal with igrep is put the power of determining how and what to search in the hands of the searchers, where it belongs.”

In addition to the website, igrep is available as a downloadable toolbar that users can install in their browsers. Interested users can download the toolbar by pointing their browsers to: http://www.igrep.com/toolbar/. Future plans include increasing igrep’s range of information covered by indexing other technology-related websites.

Wil Wheaton will be igrep’s spokesperson. He uses the search engine to index his self-coded, self-maintained, weblog at http://www.wilwheaton.net, which is consistently ranked in Technorati's top twenty weblogs, and was voted "best celebrity blog" by Forbes.com in 2003. Wil Wheaton’s success as a blogger has led to other writing credits including The Games of our Lives for The Onion AV Club, WilSave for Dungeon, and two books published by O’Reilly Media: Dancing Barefoot and Just a Geek.

When he isn’t writing or otherwise being a geek, Wil Wheaton is also a successful star of stage and screen. His screen credits include work in Rob Reiner's Academy Award-nominated classic Stand By Me, and several seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Wil is also an acclaimed sketch comedy writer and performer. As a member of the ACME Comedy Theater, his recent performance in ACME Love Machine was described by Backstage West as "stellar."

Wil Wheaton will be a keynote speaker at the Red Hat Summit, to be held in New Orleans, June 1-3, 2005 to discuss igrep and its impact on the developer and IT community. He will be speaking on Thursday, June 2, at 9:30 AM. The talk will give attendees an excellent opportunity to hear the ways in which igrep can help them find exactly what they’re looking for and in doing so making them more productive.

If you are interested in arranging an interview with Wil Wheaton concerning igrep, please contact Kim Keyser at kim @ developershed.com

About Developer Shed Network

The Developer Shed network of websites offers tutorials and timely articles covering programming and developer related topics, computer hardware and gadget reviews, developer scripts, and search engine optimization tutorials. Developer Shed also publishes a weekly newsletter and monthly magazine, Plug In, to more than 220,000 opt-in subscribers. The Developer Shed network is trafficked by over 500,000 unique visitors daily, and features the Internet’s most active community of forums for developers.

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