23 Go To Resources for Finding Great Code
As a developer, you are probably writing most of your own code. Nevertheless, there might be the odd time when you need some quick inspiration or even a quick snippet of code to push things along.
These 23 websites are for those times. All are excellent resources for sharing tips and tricks and making code freely available in a variety of different programming languages.
Take a look and add them to your programming tool belt:
CodeGuru is a free website where you can find tips, tricks, and other pieces of useful code. You can find literally thousands of articles and thousands of pieces of code that you can download, look at, modify, play with, and use – for free. Navigating the site is very easy – you have 3 main categories: Visual C++ / C++, .NET/ C#, and Visual Basic. There is also a Windows Development Center where you can find information on building apps for Windows PCs, tablets and Windows Phone. No registration is required to get the code. You also have free access to the Discussion Forums, where you can ask for opinions and join discussions.
The Free Country
This website is a collection of free programming, but also webmasters’ and security resources, and free utilities. Here you will find free source code and programming libraries, language compilers, interpreters, tutorials, references, debuggers, compiler construction kits, 3D engines, animation, programmers' editors, programmers' tools, database libraries, ODBC drivers, SQL servers, and many more. The website is absolutely free of charge and aims at programmers and webmasters looking for free code to help them in the development process. Navigation is easy and intuitive; you can easily find what you are looking for.
Script dungeon is a free directory offering hundreds of free scripts, tools, and utilities. Website navigation is very clear, the resources are divided into 4 main categories - Free ASP Scripts, Free PHP Scripts, Free Java Scripts, and Free Tools & Utilities. The directory is targeted towards web developers, network administrators, and home users who are looking for some nifty little scripts to enhance their applications. Scriptdungeon.com is fast, secure, and does not need authentication – you can browse and download the code anonymously. Although downloading is a little difficult, you will get used to it in a short while.
CGI Resource Index
Cgi.resourceindex.com is a free directory containing over 2,700 programs and CGI scripts written in Perl, C, C++, and other languages. Best of all, each script is explained – you will know exactly what it does. You can also find documentation, books, and a programmers section where you can find freelance programmers and companies that would be happy to work on your projects. On the other hand, if you are a CGI programmer, you may be interested in checking out the Jobs section with job listings for CGI programmers.
PHP Resource Index
This is a free directory offering over 3,600 free PHP scripts and over 300 functions and classes. The PHP scripts are ready-to-use PHP programs, while the functions and classes are not complete scripts but code pieces that can aid in application development. You will need to become a member in order to download the code. The site additionally lists code repositories that you can also search for code samples, PHP scripts and classes.
Open Source Scripts
The Script Library
This website is one of the best websites offering free Java scripts and applets. Downloading and installing is easy. You don't need to know how to code! You just need to download the script or applet, add it to your HTML, and edit it to suit your needs.
Here is a very straightforward website. All the available scripts on one web page. You can search through them to find what you need. No registration is needed; you simply need to click the link to get the code. Every script has a detailed description and directions for using it on your web pages.
This is another very simple website. When you arrive, you see all the available scripts under two categories:
- Perl Scripts - compatible with Mac, Windows IIS 4 & 5, Linux, Unix, Sun and FreeBSD servers
Zubrag is a small website offering a couple of free PHP scripts. All the scripts are listed on two pages. For every available script, there is a detailed description and a guide to download and install it. The user does not have a navigation tree or a search engine to search for scripts. However, since the number of scripts is small, these options are needless.
CodeProject is a community of programmers joined together on a mission to teach, learn and share their knowledge, source code and tutorials with their fellow developers for free. The website offers tons of helpful resources from beginner's tutorials, helpful articles on all-things-programming, discussion boards for getting answers to your questions from seasoned coders, to the weekly newsletter.
Planet Source Code
This website comprises a collection of free source code and scripts to download. It is a very comprehensive code directory, but resources are very well classified in broad categories and subcategories which makes finding the scripts and source code pretty easy. Examples of broad code categories include ASP, C/C++, Delfi, CFML, Flash, HTML, PHP, etc. Beside clear navigation, there is also an internal search engine on the website. So, if you are in a hurry and don’t have much time for browsing through the vast collection, you can type what you are looking for into the search field and click the right arrow (or hit enter). You can quickly access the new and top code from the main navigation menu at the top, and also submit your own code for review and listing.
Free Ajax Scripts
Freeajaxscripts.net offers a nice collection of free Ajax scripts and code examples for everyone to use. It features a nice embedded Google search engine, providing means for targeted searches. You don’t need to register to download the free scripts; you can browse, search, and download anonymously. Although it does not feature hundreds of resources, this website does its best to offer you only high quality code.
The VB Zone
This is an extensive Visual Basic programming resource for beginners and experts alike. The VB Zone provides sample code and projects, free downloads, how-to programming lessons, tips and tricks, as well as other related programming resources. There are also programming discussion forums and chat rooms.