When do I use an IntelliSense code snippet vs. a component or API?

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When do I use an IntelliSense code snippet vs. a component or API?

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While a component API is normally used to accomplish one particular, highly specialized task and may consist of hundreds or thousands lines of code, code snippets have more of a ‘connect the dots’ characterization and should be used for simple tasks. You could use a code snippet to demonstrate how to use several apis in conjunction to accomplish a particular goal, e.g. reading the contents of a text file. Inserting a code snippet into code can have an educative purpose for the user, since she actually sees the code that implements a particular functionality. Code snippets also allow for a higher degree of customization because of the replacement fields.

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