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  • Code Search Is Hard
    13 projects | | 10 Apr 2024

    The hardest part about getting code search right imo is grabbing the right amount of surrounding context, which septum is aimed at solving on a per-file basis.

    Another one I'm surprised hasn't been mentioned is stack-graphs (, which tries to incrementally resolve symbolic relationships across the whole codebase. It powers github's cross-file precise indexing and conceptually makes a lot of sense, though I've struggled to get the open source version to work

  • Getting up to speed on a c++ codebase
    3 projects | /r/cpp | 6 Oct 2022
    septum - interactive searching for contexts matching and excluding parameters
  • Getting Ada into the mainstream (Dec 1990 edition ^^)
    1 project | /r/ada | 29 Apr 2022
    I do a lot of weird and experimental work in Ada. Some of it works, whereas a lot of it doesn't. While I have done this sort of work in Python, Ruby, Rust, C or C++ in the past, when I do it in Ada, I end up saving time later on since the language forces many "good practices."
  • Septum 0.0.7 released (experimental Mac support)
    1 project | /r/ada | 23 Apr 2022
    I'd appreciate any issues or suggestions you want to report on GitHub to help me improve this.
  • Septum: Context-based code search tool
    1 project | | 17 Apr 2022
  • Zig self hosted compiler is now capable of building itself
    17 projects | | 16 Apr 2022
    Ada is another option without a GC. I wrote a search tool for large codebases with it (, and the easy multitasking and pinning to CPUs allows you to easily go wide if the problem you're solving supports it.

    There's very little allocation since it supports returning VLAs (like strings) from functions via a secondary stack. Its Alire tool does the toolchain install and provides package management, so trying the language out is super easy. I've done a few bindings to things in C with it, which is ridiculously easy.

  • April 2022 What Are You Working On?
    14 projects | /r/ada | 31 Mar 2022
    I mentioned my project Septum in a HackerNews comment, which caused it to pick up over 200 GitHub stars. That seemed to give Ada some publicity since it's a general purpose tool, so I'll also publish a new up-to-date version (0.0.6) here soon.
  • Ask HN: How do you search large code-base before adding a feature or fixing bug?
    5 projects | | 27 Mar 2022
    I work on code bases with millions of lines, so I wrote a tool called Septum to help me ( This isn't to replace grep or ripgrep or silver searcher, those are all great tools you should have!

    Septum is neighborhood based (context-based) search, so you can find contiguous groups of lines which contain specific things, but exclude other things. It's also interactive so you can add/remove filters as needed. This makes it useful for those cases where terms change based on their context so you can exclude terms related to the contexts you don't want to keep. It reads .septum/config which contains its normal commands to load directories and settings, so you can have different configs per project you're working on.

  • Ada Crate of the Year: Interactive code search
    2 projects | /r/ada | 17 Mar 2022
    Here's a short demo video of his Septum tool mentioned in the article:
  • What Did You Work On in 2021?
    15 projects | /r/ada | 30 Dec 2021
    I also did a few things: - Wrote an online e-book about Ada - Septum - context-based source code search for multi-million line codebases (I use this nearly every day at work. It's being submitted as my Ada crate of the year. - dir_iterators - library similar to the incredible walkdir. - project_indicators - library for spinners and progress bars. - trendy_terminal - library for cross-platform terminal setup, VT100 support, and GNU readline-like behavior. - trendy_test - library for simple unit testing, which runs tests in parallel. - Ada Ray Tracer - an Ada port of Ray Tracing in One Weekend. - dirs_to_graphviz - Make graphviz files from directory trees. - rst_tables - a tool to draw RST table outlines.
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