July 22, 2008
Snipt is a web service that attempts to solve a simple problem: storing commonly used snippets of code, and sharing them with your fellow coders. It seems to do that pretty well, with lots of good options for storing and sharing. Better yet, it has its Snipt API so coders can use this simple storage engine within their own programs.
Search engines such as Google have been making life a lot easier for developers. They have huge development resources that startups just don't have, and when they make their APIs available, everyone benefits. But when it comes to using APIs, especially AJAX APIs, it can be a challenge for developers to use these in a search-friendly way.
Late last week we reported on Yahoo's decision to shut down two of its APIs: the Term Extraction and the Contextual Web Search (our profiles of the Yahoo Term Extraction API and the Yahoo Search API). But in response to outcry from the developer community since that announcement, it looks like Yahoo will be keeping the Term Extraction alive.