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We describe XIRC, a tool and architecture that enables to define queries over a uniform representation of all artifacts of a software project. ... These queries can be used for general cross-artifact information retrieval or for more special applications like checking implementation restrictions or conformance to style guides. ... In this paper we make a case for replacing these special-purpose tools by an open, cross-artifact information engineering platform as an integral part of software development environments. ...doi:10.1109/wcre.2004.45 dblp:conf/wcre/EichbergMOS04 fatcat:dj5kiigk4zg35hb76do4glebdq