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What is the purpose of gist and how is it different from regular code sharing/maintaining using GitHub?

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In simple words, GitHub is the entire site, whereas, gists are nothing but some special services offered by GitHub. 

GitHub is a platform where sharing files, information, or even the entire project are made easy. There are options where we can share files among a team privately or make things public to the whole world. 

But on the other hand, the gist is a simple way to share code snippets. It is used when we need to share a sample piece of code or technique with our co-workers or friends.

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