Taskmanagement, your way!
Ntask supports sorting and filtering of TODO-comments from your source-code in such a way that only reg-ex elitists would be able to do in a snap.
λ npm install ntask -g
First you need to tell ntask to start tracking your project.
λ t init .
Ones tracking is set up you can refresh the index by issuing
Tip: Do atomic updates by having your editor issue the update-
command on the current file, post save.
λ t update .
Go ahead and issue the tracker for tasks.
λ t find ""
Traditional FIXME-comments are supported, however I'd recommend ntask's own syntax. The latter is not as strict, it resembles the syntax of a tweet and it offers more granulated searches with filtering and sorting.
So what's interesting here?
Well, you can see that one might use groups as assignee, making it well tuned to agile teams. Titles does not have to be as thoroughly thought of, as you can place the task alongside the actual code. And finally, you can write as in-depth as you so please by prefixing following lines with a pipe.
The point of entry for ntask is finding keywords in your source-code. Ntask supports the keywords listed below.
Adding an assignee to a task is done using the "@"-character as prefix of a string. Tasks without an explicitly set assignee will retrieve the assignee "@none", also aliased to "@unassigned".
Labels are prefixed with the "#"-character, they can be searched for, sorted by or even filtered upon. A label can contain a scalar value by surrounding it with brackets. Ex: pri
For a task to be added, it has to validate. A valid task has a title of at least five characters and a keyword.
PS. Labels and assignee does not count as being part of the title as these can shift within the lifespan of a task.
The power of ntask´s find-command is what really makes ntask shine.
Prefix your name with an "@"-symbol and you'll get a list of tasks sorted by date, that are yours.
t find "@$(whoami)"
Tasks that are not assigned to anyone specific will land under the assignee @none. This means you can easily manage a taskpool by just querying:
t find "@none"
You can also use the alias @unassigned.
Labels come in two forms. The keyword that the task was prefixed with (TODO | OPTIMIZE | BUG | FIXME) and words starting with a hash-symbol. The latter can also have brackets that store a scalar value. This value can be filtered and sorted upon.
t find "#pri[>3]*"
In the example above I have suffixed the label with an asterix, that selects the label for sorting. This is useful in conjunction with the --reverse flag for ascending sorts. You can also see that there's filtering being done here using brackets, so "pri"-labels with a numeric value of less than three will not be displayed.
-f, --format [string] The format-string is a sprintf-like implementation of all the properties of a task. %A - Assignee %B - Body %H - Label (#hash) %I - Id %K - Keyword %L - Line %T - Title -r, --reverse
I'd like to make ntask compatible with other issue-trackers like github, asana and jira. We should have some recipes for use with version control. Like commit-message from ntask and perhaps automatic tweets upon major- releases and such.
Please feel free to drop me an email with suggestions or even better, nag me with pull-requests.
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