If you want to find out which version of a software library for your programming language of choice is the latest, you had to go the libraries’ website or the repository. Finding the website, the latest version and getting reminded on important bugfixes for the libraries you use can cost a lot of time.
VersionEye is a website that tracks software libraries in 8 different programming languages and 7 package managers. Eg. if you are a Ruby developer you might be interested in the latest Rails, Sinatra or Capybara version. As a Java developer the latest versions of Spring, Guice or Hibernate might be of interest for you.
If you regularly search for software libraries you may want to have a search engine directly in your browser. VersionEye now supports OpenSearch so you can add VersionEye as a search engine to your browser and quickly find out what the current version of your library is.
Add VersionEye to Firefox
- Go to http://www.VersionEye.com/.
- Locate the search box in the upper right corner of your browser.
- Click the small grey triangle next to the search icon and you will be able to add “VersionEye” as your new search engine for software libs.
Add VersionEye to Chrome
To add VersionEye OpenSearch to Chrome, just go to www.versioneye.com and search for your favourite software lib or something your colleague just mentioned the other day. After this, Chrome will automatically use VersionEye’s search if you type
versioneye.com rails in Chromes Omnibox bar. (Recognize the space, Chrome will switch into search mode when you type the space after the domain name.)
Customizing your new Library Search Engine
To make searching for libraries even easier, go into Chrome Settings for Search Engines (the URL is chrome://settings/searchEngines ) and search for VersionEye. Just change the key in the middle to something short to like
ve and you can search for Capybara by just typing
ve capybara into the Chrome Omnibox.
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