Thursday, April 19, 2007

UseTheSource (re-)launches: social code snippet web site

Almost 8 years ago I registered the domain name (as in Use the Source, Luke!) and for a long time ran it as a blog (back when people were first starting to say the word 'weblog'). It even got me an appearance with Leo Laporte on The Screen Savers (if you are old enough to remember that show :-)

Well, UseTheSource is back, but not as a blog, it's back as a Reddit/Digg style social news web site with a twist: it's only intended to accept links to pieces of code. It's unashamedly for programmers who want to see working code.

So if you see a cool hack, a great explanation of an API, an neat algorithm think about submitting it to UseTheSource. You can also submit articles that are relevant to the site, but bear in mind that I'm trying to encourage people to submit things with working code!

The code snippets are categorized by language (I'll add languages on demand), and the site supports Digg-style voting plus user-defined tags. To get things going I've submitted a bunch of suitable items (most from my own writing).

Of course, it's very much in a 'beta' state and I'll be happy to receive feedback on bugs you encounter or suggestions for improvements.


Dustin said...

Your registration tool doesn't accept '+' in email addresses. This seems a common malady, but it's flat-out wrong.

Dustin said...

Also makes it hard to sign up :(

John Graham-Cumming said...


Thanks for the bug report. I've fixed the email validator...


Meta said...

Hi, John
I registered my account, then i logged in to modify my profile, but it seems that i can't save the modification. Can you help me with this issue?

John Graham-Cumming said...


Contact me via email and we'll debug together.