Random DevTools Entry: #006

While browsing the Dojo Toolkit site today, I noticed their bug tracker.

Hey now, this looks sharp!

Turns out it’s this product called Trac by Edgewall Software.  Best of all, it’s open source!  Looks good.  I’ll have to see if I can convince anyone to use it.

I have to say, I’ve taken a long look at Bugzilla and the thing that turned me off (I know, it’s rather shallow of me) is the sub-par interface.  I guess it was designed to be highly portable across browsers and platforms.  But damn, it looks like they didn’t even bother making it a bit more attractive.

The TracBrowser feature is great too!  Code browser, HTML diff viewer, and all hooked into Subversion.  Incredibly awesome.

Maybe it’s a good time and incentive to learn some Python

Random link: some Python IDEs reviewed.

(Random) Update: I spent some time whipping together a nifty little Subversion _svn directory cleanup script 😀 It’s great.  Simply download the file or copy the contents into a new .vbs file.

I’ve been meaning to do this for quite a while.  It’s written in VBScript and based off of another script (which, for the life of me, I cannot remember where the original source is from).  You will need to have Windows Script Host installed (I believe) to be able to run this script.  Simply place it in the root directory of your project and it will remove all “_svn” directories in the context directory (directory you placed it in) and recursively into the sub-directories as well.

There is one confirmation dialog that allows you to change your mind and cancel the deletion if you double click it by accident.

svn_script_confirmation_t.gif svn_script_result_t.gif

Just the thing you need when zipping up and sending a project to someone without a Subversion client installed.


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2 Responses

  1. Tobin Harris says:

    Trac is cool, they also use it heavily for on RubyOnRails (http://dev.rubyonrails.org/timeline). Have you seen the Collaboa project? This is a similar thing being developed in Ruby, looks like it will be nice (http://www.collaboa.org/).

    Liked your SVN script, good work! I’m curious though, what version of windows are you using. Judging by your your screen shots it looks loads nicer than my XP SP2 installation!

    Cheers for the interesting blog.


  2. Chuck says:

    Hi Tobin,

    Didn’t know about the Collaboa project. Hard to tell how it’s trying to differentiate itself from projects like Trac from the info on that site, but there’s always space for more alternatives 🙂

    It’s kinda unfortunate that I’m the only one on my project that’s actually using Trac at the moment. I figured that our project leaders and CEO (it’s a small company) would be all over it, entering tickets for us underlings, but it seems that they don’t quite grasp the power of such a tool. Instead, I suspect I’ll keep getting hard specs in Word documents that are static and dated as soon as we make a slight design tweak.

    Oh well, I’ll just keep on plugging away at it and keeping my project info updated. I’m a big tools geek, so I loved these things, I guess.

    I’m using Windows XP with a nice little skin from http://web9design.com/.

    By the way, you forgot to add EditPlus to your editors list. EditPlus is still #1 IMO 😉