Runnable Launches “YouTube of Code” Service

With developers already sourcing code snippets to cut and paste into their dev projects, Runnable has launched to provide a “YouTube of code” social network. Runnable have calculated there are over 200 million code searches each month, as developers look to stand on the shoulders of giants – or at least each other – when creating quick, workable solutions to include in their projects.

In the press release to announce their new service, Runnable state:

“The explosion of APIs and other reusable software is both a blessing and a curse for developers. On one hand, there is tremendous opportunity to create new software, but on the other hand, developers are constantly required to read through countless pages of documentation, and can’t find the thousands of new APIs that are being developed. Runnable first makes finding the perfect API easy through a simple search and discover process on its website, and then offers developers an easy way to view, run, edit, and copy code that uses these APIs into their project.”

Runnable is believed to be the first-ever marketplace for reusable software code, and is the brainchild of former Amazon software developer, Yash Kumar. Kumar is quoted in the press release as saying:

“Software is going through its own industrial revolution where developers are reusing code more than writing new code. During the industrial revolution, workers would push buttons and pull levers to create products on an assembly line. These assembled products would reuse existing parts and components to create new ones – this is exactly what we’re doing with Runnable, but instead of factory workers we’re empowering millions and millions of programmers.”

To date, most developers use Google searches to look for code, or post questions on StackOverflow. Since May, StackOverflow has seen a huge jump in website visitors, according to Compete Analytics, which shows a jump from around 770,000 visitors a month (in May) to 1.23 million (in August). Runnable are hoping their search engine algorithms - which aim to help developers source reusable code snippets faster than trawling through StackOverflow's Q&As - will be able to scoop up some of that audience size.

Mark Boyd is a ProgrammableWeb writer covering breaking news, API business strategies and models, open data, and smart cities.