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PasteSite

Programming Coding Syntax Review


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Published 05/29/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by Dorothy Distefano
What can you use the app for?

PasteSite.com is an application for users to check code samples. Rather than try to use an instant message or other program which will not allow the full program to be entered into the chat, PasteSite creates a pastebin for the code with syntax highlighting to help find errors. In other words, a user may view the code without the code executing.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Other than the notation in the footer that the site was created by Alex Elliott, there is no historical information available for Pastesite. It appears to have been founded in 2006 and has monthly unique visitors of about 1,200.

What are the differences to other apps?

PasteSite.com is a community for coders seeking assistance with checking samples or snippets of programming code. Rather than a code-checker that automatically checks the code for common errors in syntax, this app allows personal assistance from other coders. Basically it is collaborative debugging of code.

The problem is that there is no means for conversation between users within the site, so all collaboration and discussion must occur via instant message or other means. Some sites, such as stackoverflow.com, create more of a flow of input and conversation for collaboration that some may find easier to use as it is all in one place.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

To paste a code, the user provides their name, paste title, a description of the code and problem, how long to leave the paste on the site, whether it is private, a password if it is private, the programming language used, and then the pasted code.

Many users leave the description blank.

If a user is having difficulty getting a website to work, they may choose the correct syntax highlighting scheme when they paste their code into the pastebin. With the syntax highlighting, they may spot the error easily on their own. If not, the user provides the URL where their code is pasted (the paste bin) to someone else who may collaborate with them. Other PasteSite users may weigh in by making changes in the code and replying, and this appears often. What is less intuitive is how the original user is finding the changes if they are not communicating with the person who is replying.

For programmers proficient in coding, this site is likely very useful. It would be better if the collaboration element was built into the site so that changes or edits may be discussed. This could benefit other users as they would be able to see the process evolve as well and learn how to handle certain coding issues.

How does the registration process work?

Registration requires a username, password, and email address. Once registered, a user is informed that the account is active and that they may login.

What does it cost to use the application?

The application is completely free to use.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Right now, it appears that this site is dedicated to programmers who are willing to use another program to discuss collaboration via a link to the PasteSite pastebin that is housing their code. If they are willing to use more than one program or communication to deal with their coding problem, then this will work for them. Those seeking a more streamlined approach may seek a site that uses collaboration and conversation tools within the site so that they may more easily locate and fix problems within the code.

  • View code in plain text
  • Download a pastebin
  • Control font size
  • Print code
  • Use any programming language


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