Google reaches out to open source community

Google is reaching out to the open source community through a new Web site where it will post internal code that can be used by external developers.

Google has launched a site designed to deepen the company's interactions with external software developers by providing Google source code for free, along with discussion forums.

The site, called Google Code http://code.google.com and announced Thursday, has been in development for about six months and is an admittedly modest start that is expected to grow in scope.

"We have derived a great amount of software from the open source community, so we felt it would be appropriate for us to interact more closely with those developers than we have done to date," said Chris DiBona, Google's open source program manager.

"Enough people at Google came from the open source community that it's sort of built into us that we want to do this. It's one of the reasons I was hired," said DiBona, who joined Google about eight months ago.

The site is aimed at providing the open source community with software tools developed and used internally by Google, contributing code that external developers might find useful, DiBona said. An added bonus for Google would be to get feedback from developers on ways to improve the code it posts on the site, he said.

While Google Code contains links to information on Google's open application programming interfaces (APIs), the site's purpose isn't to get external developers to write applications that extend Google functionality, he said.

"These aren't applications per se. They aren't environments to develop in. These aren't interfaces to use Google search," DiBona said. "These are (tools) for creating software. This is about releasing code to help people develop."

Google has a separate site devoted to its APIs at http://www.google.com/apis/.

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