Americans are collectors. We collect, store, categorize, numerize (I made that up), and sanitize everything. From the top movies to browser bookmarks, we’re a nation of collectors.
Some of us are members of Snippet Nation. We collect and reuse snippets of information. Programmers have a few Mac tools that the rest of us should look into.
Pass The Code Collection Box
As a somewhat technical Mac user, I have a few dozen tools of the trade. At least half of them are used to capture and store those snippets of code that get used in my system administrator job.
jCodeCollector is a handy Mac app that does what you expect it to, based on the name.
It collects code as snippets of text, including syntax highlighting, database storage, and it’s free—as in Donationware.
Considering that jCodeCollector is free, it’s surprisingly useful but misses a few features found in the commercial competition.
The interface is simple. Create your own code or snippet categories which display in the left column.
Click on a snippet in the left column and get the details in the larger right column.
Create and save multiple categories. Apply a unique name to the snippet, and include search tags. Code syntax can be selected from the drop down menu.
Snippet code displays in the window below which includes syntax highlighting and line numbers. You can also assign a comment to each snippet.
jCodeCollector stores snippets in a database on your Mac which can be moved wherever you choose.
There’s also an option to import and export snippets, just in case you’re using a different app.
The Collector Picks A Nit
My only nit to pick is the snippet category list in the left column. If you’re heavy into snippets of all kinds, the snippets and the categories make for a long, slow scroll to find what you want.
In the end, jCodeCollector is decent, fast, comes with basic features, quite Mac-like in usability, and free.
Fellow Mac360 staffer Ron McElfresh found 4 Easy Ways To Use Snippets To Store Code And Text about a year ago. I use two of the four and all of my editing tools have a snippets function.
See? We’re a generation of collectors.