quoting, tasks, semantics

Christopher Hicks chicks at chicks.net
Wed Sep 15 03:11:59 UTC 2004

On Tue, 14 Sep 2004, Gervase Markham wrote:
> IMO, the bug should remain the individual unit. If it's too heavyweight for a 
> particular use, the interface can be customised to remove many of the fields. 
> You can track a group of connected bugs using the dependency tree view.

I once felt that bugs and tasks were semantically similar enough to share 
the same underlying structure and just have a flag indicating "which kind 
it is", but the groupware integration I'm imagining would work much 
smoother if tasks were their own thing.  Most of the groupware apps have a 
task concept on their own.  I'm not expecting it to be rocket science to 
allow a user to create/complete tasks within the groupware or bugzilla. 
I'll show you the results in a few weeks hopefully.


There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make 
it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way 
is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.
  -- C.A.R. Hoare

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