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Please feedback our new project: snippets.pro

I invite everyone to review of our project http://snippets.pro. This service is intended for developers who need to keep their own code snippets and find the necessary code by other developers as well, as to share discoveries with friends and colleagues.


What has been done
- Sing up, sign in, forgotten password recovery (via Facebook as well).
- Publication of the snippet (this is possible even without authorization, simply by entering the captcha)
- Full-fledged code editor (CodeMirror based)
- Easy breakdown of the snippets by categories and tags
- The search system (looking only by name and by tag for now)
- Profile of the user with the added snippets and "Favorites"
- Opportunity to vote for the snippet (respectively, it affects the rating both: snippet and its author)
- Ability to add a snippet of "My Favorites"
- Ability to share the snippet to social networks (only FB, Twitter, Google+ and russian VK.com)
- Download a snippet as a text file, the ability to view the code in a separate browser tab (just a raw code, without any "husk"), and within the interface of the system (of course, each snippet have a readable permalink).
- Comments for snippets
- RSS-feed with latest added snippets, devided by categories
- The service interface is available in English, Russian, Czech and German.


Plans for the near future
The basic policy of the service - based on your feedbacks will be built next functionality. Yet our plans include:
- Further development of the basic functionality.
- Sign in via social networks (at least, GitHub and Twitter).
- Editing snippets and as a result, their versioning.
- Some encouragement for active users on the basis of their ranking.


I will welcome any suggestions, comments, and any reasonable criticism from you, dear colleagues. And also I invite everyone to participate in the beta testing, and perhaps make a small contribution to the development of the service by adding your code snippet :) Thank you for your attention!
RedOctober Send private email
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
 
 
Getting 404 errors on almost every link both in menu, snippets, footer, search etc (not logged in if thats the problem).

Very large space for tab indentation - will make anything but a trivial snippet very hard to read.

I would filter snippets displayed based on language (which would then default based on browser settings). At moment it has me as US English but first 3 snippets are Cyrillic (Russian?) and this is likely to scare of a high percentage of first time browsers, you only have a few seconds to get people to think 'worth more of a look' or 'gahh, what is this jibberish?  am out of here'. No offence intended.

Keys to this working (IMHO) would be
- keep snippet quality high (voting)
- search relevancy, e.g. I can't see a way to filter on language

Good luck!
Ryan Wheeler Send private email
Thursday, June 13, 2013
 
 
Most developers working professionally do not have the authority to upload bits of their work to a random website.

Your target market is hobbyists, mISV owners (who own their own copyright) and people working on open source projects.

That's a hard market to make any money from.
Adrian Lock Send private email
Thursday, June 13, 2013
 
 
Thanks for the reviews guys!

>> Getting 404 errors on almost every link both in menu, snippets, footer, search etc (not logged in if thats the problem).

Sorry, it was a hosting troubles. But now everything is fine :)

>> At moment it has me as US English but first 3 snippets are Cyrillic (Russian?)

Yeah, some of our users are russians. Actually, we do not impose restrictions on the language of the snippet's description. But you're right, maybe we have to separate those snippets.

>> keep snippet quality high (voting)

Voting is possible (but only for authorized users)

>> search relevancy, e.g. I can't see a way to filter on language

You mean the programming language or the language of the snippet's description? When it comes to programming language - you may filter by categiries, eg http://snippets.pro/category/php/ or http://snippets.pro/category/javascript/

>> Your target market is hobbyists, mISV owners (who own their own copyright) and people working on open source projects.

Of course, but why not? :) It's our target audience.

>> That's a hard market to make any money from.

Actually, the goal of snippets.pro is non-profit (perhaps just a small profit from contextual advertising). We just want to make a qualitative tool for exchange and publications of code snippets.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
 
 

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