Slack sends Code Snippets to Hotel California

… We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave. …

That’s what it feels like sometimes when trying to share code snippets on Slack. Sure, it’s easy to drop some code on there; but getting it out?

Caveat Coder

That inviting little question, “Create a Snippet?”… You know the one that automagically appears when you go to paste in a code chunk into the chatbox?

It’s a trap. You’ll be 3 steps into waiting for your browser to view the code before you get that snippet back out.

Options

I think it’s easier to wrap your code in block-code markdown using a pair of triple-backticks ```, like so :

```
fantastic_function(sth)
```

There’s still sometimes problems with selecting the code back out of a markdown block (no matter how you stab at it with your steely … touchpad), in that those trailing backticks can sometimes find their way into your code. But it’s still faster than the snippet functionality (at present) and more prettified than just dropping the code chunk in as raw text.

Get In Line Here

Slack’s a great productivity tool, which I use all day, everyday at work; and I’ve already sent them a comment regarding this. Their customer service was super prompt, assuring me they’ll thinking about this.

I’m taking this nod towards code snippets as the start of good things. But I’m still exploring other options than current functionality for sharing code. If you have any ideas, send ’em my way at @data_steve

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