Black Duck Software, a provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source and third-party code, announced in late April that it acquired the assets of Koders, Inc.'s, including the koders.com search engine for open-source software, reusable and downloadable code, methods, examples and algorithms. Details of the acquisition were not released.

According to the koders.com Web-site counter, it searches nearly 767 million lines of code identified with 28 software licenses, and in over 30 languages. The site also offers a blog space and developer forums, and claims over 30,000 developers use koders.com each day.

On his blogspot.com personal blog, Black Duck CEO Doug Levin said the company is "committed to maintaining and improving the koders.com site as a free resource." In a statement released about the acquisition, Black Duck software said it plans to improve the search engine while incorporating it into the company's open-source software portfolio. The statement says Black Duck plans to enhance the Web site with code and metadata from the Black Duck Knowledgebase, which the company claims contains more than 520 million code files representing billions of code lines.

Black Duck says it believes open source software will become a key resource as companies struggle to survive and prosper in a difficult economy.