[MonoDevelop] Gauging interest for an in-IDE snippet sharing system for MonoDevelop.

Anirudh anirudh at anirudhsanjeev.org
Thu Mar 11 03:34:44 EST 2010


I grew pretty interested in Vala's snippet repository[1] and the python
snippet application "Acire"[2].

I liked the idea of being able to store little bits of code for simple
tasks like taking screenshots, configuring TreeViews, etc so I don't have
to keep opening my old code or the browser each time. After building a
simple app that features some of the functionality of Acire, I discovered
there are a lot of powerful apps that handle code snippet storage and

Examples are the apps Snippet[3], CodeCollector[4], and Snip-it[5].

I think it might be worth investing a little effort in writing an add-in
based on my standalone app, which supports the following functionality:
* Create snippets from within the IDE and upload.
* Add name, tags, description to the IDE
* Sync snippets from the cloud
* Full text search on snippets from within the IDE
* An open-source server for snippets that you can use to share your code
  with your internal team.

I think I might be able to whip up a decent prototype in two weeks. I just
wanted to gauge if people are interested in such an application, and if so,
any input and suggestions at this point would be really awesome!


[1]: http://code.valaide.org/
[2]: http://www.jonobacon.org/2010/01/12/acire-0-2-released/
[3]: http://fuelcollective.com/snippet/
[4]: http://www.mcubedsw.com/software/codecollectorpro
[5]: http://www.snipitpro.com/

Senior undergraduate student, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

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