As a software developer I get stuck while implementing a feature and then I solve it somehow through lots of search, article reading, tutorials, etc.

But I would prefer a Web app (e.g. a central repository) that has a workflow defined in it that will allow me to store/document this kind of solutions to certain problems in a software project. So that I can search and refer the repo again in future to recall how I solved a problem if I encounter it again.

Blogging helps but some programming problems are very small and becomes very trivial for a blog post. On the other hand, can't describe a whole technical solution on issue trackers.

Please suggest if there is any Web app like that out there.

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I’m using a wiki for a similar use case.

The good thing: You can build the site architecture/organization/navigation yourself.
The bad thing: You have to build the site architecture/organization/navigation yourself.

Almost any wiki should be suitable for your case, but it’s worth looking into details you care about.

Wikipedia has a list and comparison of wiki software. The site wikimatrix.org allows to compare wikis based on selected features/requirements.

Don’t underestimate the look and feel. For such a wiki to really make sense, you should visit and edit it often. But if editing is no fun (i.e., not easy/quick, ugly, bad usability) for you, you might defer it or stop after the first few days of enthusiasm.

Personally, I’m using WikkaWiki (daily hourly for several years, have created around 2000 pages with more than 35000 edits):

  • FLOSS.
  • PHP, MySQL.
  • Fast, little cruft.
  • Comes with syntax for code blocks (%% your code here %%) and supports syntax highlighting (%%(php) your PHP code here %%). You can even specify a file name (which also allows to download the code file) and starting line numbers (%%(php;15;test.php) your "test.php" here, starting from line 15 %%).
  • Its default editor supports Tab (if you like to indent code that way).
  • Because the URLs are "beautiful", you’ll be able to directly enter the URLs of pages you want to visit/edit (which saves a lot of time, thanks to browser’s autocomplete):

Possible drawbacks: rather slow developing process (which is good for me, as long as the project is not dead); no full Unicode support (the next version, 1.4, will switch to full UTF-8; but almost everything should work just fine even now).

DokuWiki is another nice wiki. It’s also FLOSS, uses PHP, but it doesn’t require a database (saves all wiki pages in text files).


I have finally decided to settle for Git and Markdown. For Git hosting I chose GitLab because it is basically GitHub with addition of free private repos. The idea is to have a single repo for all logs and then have a single dir for each log or entry:


I also plan to leverage relative linking and line range highlighting to reference code files within an entry dir or across the whole repo.

Maybe I can even make a repo for my blog someday.

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