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Social Coding Snippets Sharing

Published 05/31/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Dorothy Distefano
What can you use the app for?

Smipple calls itself a social service for saving and sharing snippets of code. It allows users to share code with others through the application. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The app was programmed and designed by Ian Lewis, Takahashi Matsuo, and Miwaza. There is no other historical data available. Unique visitors over the last year have fluctuated between 58 and 919.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many code sharing sites can be difficult to navigate and to find the snippet the user was seeking. Smipple is organized for ease of use for coders to find and/or share code.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

After registering with Google, the user is taken to a profile page where they provide a username, first and last name, homepage URL, profile image, short bio, Gravatar, language, Twitter username, Bitbucket username, and Github username if applicable.

The user then arrives at the dashboard. From here, several areas may be explored. The new snippet tab is for entering a new snippet of code to share with others. Users must provide a title (which cannot be changed later), language (e.g. HTML, Java, CSS), brief description of the code, the code itself, and discussion - a more lengthy description of the code and how it may be useful; extensions or modifications, or alternative implementations. Tags are required for search purposes.

The Your Favorites tab is where favorited code snippets will be stored.

Popular Snippets is a list of the most popular code snippets found on Smipple. Some examples of these are: CSS Rounded Corners, PHP Email Validate, CSS to Print URL after links, Simple CSS Reset, Center a DIV with CSS, Transparent Element for IE/Safari/Firefox. Clicking on any of these takes the user to a page with the option to view the code in either copy and paste mode or embed mode. Sources for the code are listed and a space for comments is provided. Clicking on the user who posted the code yields a list of that user's code snippets and tags.

Recent snippets, like Popular Snippets, provides codes. These are the most recently added snippets. Some examples at the time of review are: URI to HTML Table, JSON to HTML, Django Query String Parameters, and Detect Browser and Version with jQuery. Clicking on the title again takes the user to a page where they may choose copy and paste mode or embed mode.

Clicking on the star in one of the main lists of codes marks it as one of the user's favorites and saves it as such on the user's dashboard.

For coders, this is a good place to find and share snippets of code in multiple languages for several purposes. The only downside is that there was a fair amount of spam in the recent snippets area. There were entries that were gibberish and simply taking up space on the page. Several entries in this area were also in Spanish when the rest of the site is in English.

How does the registration process work?

Registration requires linking with a Google account. The user must grant permission for their email address to be shared with Smipple.

What does it cost to use the application?

There is no cost associated with Smipple.

Who would you recommend the application to?

This application is for coders. Novices may learn new skills here, but must have basic coding skills to benefit from the information.

  • Follow users who post snippets of interest
  • Favorite snippets
  • Post interesting code
  • Many programming languages supported
  • Copy and Paste or Embed

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