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The first, Krugle , demonstrated a search engine that finds code for reuse. Its unofficial tagline is "the Google (Profile, Products, Articles) for programming code." The benefit of Krugle's search engine is obvious to any developer who has looked to the open source community to find some nifty utility, rather than starting from scratch.
For most people, open source is a synonym for free software. But for programmers, open source is about sharing code, building on the work of others and not having to reinvent the wheel -- at least, that's the ideal. In practice, code reuse remains very low, because it's often too hard for programmers to find relevant bits of code for their applications.