Snippet manager and online snippet manager. What are the differences?

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Programming is not complete without saving individual pieces of snippet code for later use. This is true for any engineer and computer science students. That is why snippets are so popular. But what is a snippet? These are fragments that you can use with minimal editing. Snippets are significantly reduces the work and allows you to devote more time to create new projects.

But how to create a snippet and add it in your project? Everything is simple: you need a code snippet manager. It will allow you to create individual snippet for your projects or teamwork comfortably. There are two options for snippet managers. The first is focused on offline, and the second exclusively online to create any snippet. Let's deal with this snippet features in more detail.

What is an offline snippet manager?

This is an application that allows you to create code snippet on your macOS device. This is a complete snippet utility with a graphical interface. All sections of code snippet you create are stored on the hard drive. Applications like SnipperApp 2 have synchronization with iCloud and GitHub Gist storage. This allows for the most convenient synchronization of all code snippets. For example, you can access the created snippet anywhere. But the original purpose of offline snippet managers is to save your work locally. It’s good for privacy and security. But you will have to use snippet web synchronization or other options to add your snippet in cloud storage to colleagues or a community of like-minded people. But offline snippet is only the beginning.

What is an online snippet manager?

Web snippet manager is usually a web service with the ability to add & create snippets directly on the network. Such a code sharing tool does not have a separate snippet application. Users just need to create an account and the snippet code on the site. Many of these Internet snippet resources are focused on the possibility of publishing & sharing snippet in the public domain.

This means that everyone can download or add snippet comments on your work. Some editors support the private placement of snippet on the network. This means that only you can access the snippet for personal use. Share access to each snippet if you want.

What is the difference between them?

Most offline and web snippet services are focused exclusively on one task. Some managers allow you to create snippet locally, while others have a web interface exclusively. Online shared code editor allows you to apply a fundamentally opposite approach to work. Fans of communication and sharing snippet can choose the web version. If you work with commercial projects, you are unlikely to be ready to make your snippet public. Web access can be useful for open snippet projects to create useful snippets.

As we mentioned earlier, SnipperApp 2 is a hybrid tool for every snippet. Privacy fans can continue to save their snippet parts locally. This will allow you to achieve maximum anonymity and protect all snippet parts. At the same time, you can work on each snippet in a team with other programmers and engineers. Just add access to your code snippet.

For example, you can create snippet synchronization with iCloud or GitHub Gists. This way, you can access iCloud library or use Gist snippets. You can open any saved snippet at home, at work, and anywhere in the world. You can create and share access with friends & colleagues. This allows you to not depend on the place of work and make snippets remotely. Slack add code snippet and enjoy it. Every snippet is a chance save time.

Andrii Teologov Software Engineer and Indie Maker