Beyond expanding the body of code that developers can reference on the site, the team has been working on low-hanging fruit across its platform that it knew it had to deal with when we first spoke in December.
All of the social profile features Robertson and I discussed last month — showing things like contributions people have made, the projects they follow and maintain on GitHub — have been added since we last spoke. Omniref has also added a user leaderboard as a way to “give people credit for contributing to the community,” though Robertson notes the team isn’t sure if that’s the best way to do it and is exploring other options for promoting its most helpful users.
The Omniref team is looking at other avenues to get code onto their platform beyond simply indexing every version of packages for specific languages. One option they’re exploring is providing extensions for developers who’ve already built documentation sites for their own code. Initially, those extensions will let them organize the documentation using Omniref’s nifty cross-referencing features. Later on, those same extensions will let developers use the startup’s Genius-like annotation features on their own code bases.