Friday, September 21, 2012

Pastebins have a lot of features nowadays

By Vasudev Ram

Pastebins are web sites that allow you to paste a chunk of text into a text box. The pastebin software then generates a unique URL for your paste, which you can then share with others via web pages, blog posts, emails, etc. The idea was probably initially used to paste code snippets to share with others via the URL (instead of sharing the whole snippet), but they can be used for any kind of text.

A simple pastebin example:

Definition and call of a Python function.

Pastebins will be known to many or most developers already, but I'm writing this post because: 1) I find the concept interesting and innovative, 2) they have many more features nowadays than they did in the earlier days, and 3) some developers and others probably still don't know about them.

See this Wikipedia article on pastebins.

- Vasudev Ram - Dancing Bison Enterprises

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