Microsoft partners with HackerRank to add executable code search results to Bing

Trying to decipher that tricky piece of code by scouring the web could now be a thing of the past. Microsoft has released a tool on its search engine, Bing which allows users to quickly search fragments of code, as well as edit and use it at the same time. The addition will complement the existing Code Search extension for the app creator Visual Studio.

Created in conjunction with the software engineer collective, HackerRank, the feature uses C, C++, C#, Python, PHP, and Java. Therefore, for instance, typing in "bubble sort python" will open the editor instantly in Python, with the option of switching between different languages. The co-founder of HackerRank, Vivek Ravisankar said there are currently more than 80 segments of code which are based on the most searched terms.

The Group Engineering Manager for Bing's UX Features and Shared Tools, Marcelo De Barros said the addition would act in a similar way to Rosetta Stone, but for programming languages. "In addition to learning how a certain algorithm/code is written in a given language, users will also be able to check how the same solution is constructed in a range of other programming languages too."

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