Why I Use GistBox

One of the tools that I’ve been using more and more each day is GistBox. As the website states:

The Beautiful Way to Organize Code Snippets GistBox is the shared code library your team needs.

This isn’t a bad explanation by any means, but if you’re a single developer and/or you’re looking for quick reasons as to how this may be useful in your day-to-day workflow, this particular sentence leaves something to be desired, right?

Personally, I was skeptical until I gave it a try, but now I can’t really imagine not using.

All About GistBox

Before I go on about the reasons I’m a fan of the application, it may help to layout the reasons that I’m glad to have an application like this.

What I use the standard Gist site as provided by GitHub, my general workflow was something like this:

  • Prefix all of the descriptions with a string that serves as a label for the gist I was creating. For example, my descriptions may start with [WordPress] or with [JavaScript].
  • Go back and search for related gists using the prefixed terms.
  • Scan the list (read: pages) of gists that I need for a certain piece of code that I need.

Granted, on the last point, I know that there is a search feature for the gists that we have stored, but it still leaves something to be desired in terms of the results that are returned.

In short, I believe that GistBox provides the UI for managing GitHub gists that’s otherwise been missing.

The main GistBox screen.

The main GistBox screen.

It’s far easier to list off the features of GistBox and why I enjoy it rather than to write paragraph after paragraph as to why I recommend it:

  • Custom color-coded labels for each of the type of gists that you have created.
  • The ability to filter your gists by said labels.
  • The ability to mark gists as public or private from within the user interface.
  • The ability to collect gists from multiple team members (as seen in the second column).
  • A powerful search feature built into the core application
  • The ability to easily edit a gist, add more falls, and toggle its public or private nature.
  • …and more

The only catch is that it’s a Chrome app, so if you’re not using Chrome, that’ll be something you’ll need to install.

Anyway, these are but a portion of the features that I really enjoy (and I’m a single person rather than a team using it). But if you’re an individual developer – or part of a team – and you’re looking for a way to more easily manage your gists, I highly recommend GistBox.

19 Comments

Thanks for sharing that. I really like Gist but I’ve always been frustrated by how the gists are unordered and messy. I’ll give it a spin right away.

Looks good.
How about backup?

I’ve been using it a few days now as I needed a tool to better manage gists. There is also gisto, a stand alone app but I just prefer gistbox. Now what I’m missing is a good search tool for gists.

Awesome find! This looks really cool…you might also want to check out Octotree for your Github repos: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/octotree/bkhaagjahfmjljalopjnoealnfndnagc?hl=en-US

Thanks for sharing.

Generally I use Gist (https://gist.github.com/) to store my code snippets but after reading your article, I feel this is worth trying.

Thanks for the tip, Tom! I gave it a shot, and it is really great.

Unless I’ve got something wrong, GistBox itself isn’t a Chrome app. Only the awesome Clipper extension is.

Thanks for the post Tom! It ended up being a major referral driver yesterday. If you have any suggestions or issues with the app, please email me personally at rui@gistboxapp.com

P.S. If you’d like to use it from another browser: https://app.gistboxapp.com

I love Gistbox- been using it for a pretty long time. (Brad Dalton’s snippets are well-represented in my collection.)

Love the various quick iterations of releases myself :).

It’s a really good web app, I’ve started to move away from CodeBox to this as it’s better integrated into my work flow. Though you said you need Chrome to use it; I use Fluid.app (http://fluidapp.com/, worth upgrading to the paid solution IMO) to make it act more native, though it doesn’t do the snippets for you, it’s great to have it outside the browser.

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