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Code Librarians
Code librarians provide an easy means of storing snippets of source code. Code librarians range from simple text databases to applications with a very wide range of programmer tools.

Recommendation
The details of my review process, showing the features and point assignment used to assess the available code librarians. Feel free to look at some of the higher rated products to see if they meet your needs.

However, based on analysis below, my freeware gbCodeLib is on par with the best of the commerical librarians so it gets my recommendation for a code librarian. Here's a short description:

  • gbCodeLib
    gbCodeLib is a freeware code librarian with the ability to store code snippets from multiple languages. It comes with a built-in syntax editor, has over 1000 snippets from 15 languages, can export code to web page format, binary file storage, and also provides revision control features.

Candidate Programs
These are the code librarians programs which were reviewed.

FreewareCommercial
  1. gbCodeLib
  2. Code Snip
  3. Source Librarian Lite
  4. CodeLib V2
  5. Code Librarian for .Net
  6. C# CodeLib
  1. Code Librarian $29
  2. CodeLib 3.0 $35
  3. Code Depot $49
  4. Total Visual SourceBook $399
  5. Code Assets $50
  6. CodeBox for .Net $79
  7. Code Cutter $??
  8. Office XP Code Librarian $500
  9. Code Keeper .Net $35
  10. Code Keeper $35
  11. CodeVista II $30
  12. CodeManager $25
  13. Snippet Source $15
  14. VBCodeLibrary $46

Code Librarian Comparison
I used the following point system to rate each code librarian. If the librarian offers the feature it gets the indidcated points (2 points = 1 star). In a few cases I increased the rating because of my own subjective assessment.

  • Cost
    +1 if free, 0 if not free
  • Source Code
    0 if <100 snippets,
    +1 if <500 snippets
    +2 if > 500 snippets
  • Syntax Highlighting +1
  • Tree View +1
  • Bookmarks +1
  • HTML Export +1
  • IDE Add-In +1
  • Search +1
  • Search and Replace +1
  • Object Storage +1

Title Rating Cost Source
Code
Syntax
Formatting
Tree
View
Book
marks
HTML
Export
IDE
Add-In
Search Search &
Replace
Object
Storage
Freeware
gbCodeLib 0 x x x x x - x - x
C# CodeLib 0 x - x x - - - - -
Code Librarian .Net 0 x x x - - - x - x
Code Snip 0 x - x - - - x - -
CodeLib V2 0 x - - - - - x - -
Source Librarian Lite 0 x - x x - - x - x
Commerical
Code Depot 49 - x x x - - x - -
CodeBox for .Net 79 x x x x x x x - x
Visual Sourcebook 399 x x x x - x x - -
VBCodeLibrary 46 x x x x x x x x x
CodeKeeper .Net 35 x x x x x - x - -
CodeLib 3.0 35 - x x x - x x x -
CodeVista II ?? x x x x - - x - x
XP Code Librarian 500 - - - - - - - - -
Code Assets 50 x - x - - - x - x
Code Cutter 35 x - x - - - x - -
CodeKeeper 30 - - x - - - x - -
CodeManager 25 x - - - - - x - -
Code Librarian 29 - - x - - - - - -
Snippet Source 15 x - - - x - x - -

User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other code librarian programs that should be considered, or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.