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👉 Tip #6: Share your code with Gist
Let's say that you need to share your code with a friend, a mailing list, or a discussion group. What do you do?
✉️ You could copy it into an email, but the formatting might get lost.
📎 You could send it as an attachment, but it might get marked as spam.
🏛 You could create a GitHub repository, but that seems like a lot of work to share a single file.
My suggestion is to use a GitHub Gist instead!
What's a Gist?
A Gist is a lightweight GitHub repository that's optimized for a single file.
It’s easy to create a Gist:
- Sign into GitHub (or create a free account).
- Go to gist.github.com.
- Drag & drop (or copy & paste) your file into the Gist.
- Click “Create secret gist”.
Copy the Gist URL and send it to anyone you choose:
- If it’s a code file, Gist will provide syntax highlighting.
- If it’s a Jupyter notebook or a Markdown file, Gist will render it.
- If it’s a CSV file, Gist will convert it into a table.
The recipients can comment on the Gist, download it, or fork it. And you can edit or delete the Gist.
Give it a try the next time you need to share some code!
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