Looking For A Needle In A Haystack! (or Using Ack to Improve Your Development Workflow)

Every day when I'm programming, I invariably come to a point where I'm looking for a certain line of code in my project. I could just use my editor's "find in files" feature and look for it, but sometimes I need more fine grained control. What if I want to find all the lines of code that don't contain a certain phrase? What if I want to search on a Regular Expression? What if I want to easily save the search results to a file?

When I need MOAR POWER in finding something, I turn my favorite command line search tool: ack. In this blog post, we'll explore the ins and outs of this fantastic application.

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