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What is a good and cheap bug tracking system

David Rocks
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Joined: Apr 24, 2001
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Hi,
i am starting of a project that is going to involve a team of programmers. having a good bug tracking system is obviously a major concern but the company does not have the resources to pay for a big app like remedy which i have used before.
i would just like a system that has groups and users and we can create tasks and send them to people or teams. give then numbers and status. not to much. nice interface is a bonus and it can be microsoft/outlook integrated. ie task list.
any advise is greatly appreciated.
cheers david
Michael Matola
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Joined: Mar 25, 2001
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JavaRanch has been advertising JIRA, which is an issues tracking system.
I don't have any personal experience with it. I just happened to notice the banner ad.
Ilja Preuss
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Joined: Jul 11, 2001
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Originally posted by David Raid:
i am starting of a project that is going to involve a team of programmers. having a good bug tracking system is obviously a major concern but the company does not have the resources to pay for a big app like remedy which i have used before.

Why do you plan to have so many bugs that you need a sophisticated bug tracking system? Serious question.


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David Gilbert
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Joined: Jun 01, 2002
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Search for Mantis on SourceForge. It is free, written in PHP I think.
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Dave Gilbert
www.object-refinery.com
David Rocks
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I don't plan to have many bugs i just plan to document, number, correct and test them efficiently when they arise. i dont need anything sophisticated hence the free or near nothing cost. I have never worked on a project where there are not bugs. that is coming from a testing and development background.
I had a look at jira which is 800 dollars and in my limit. not really had time to look at functionality so i cannot say if i would spend that. will have a look at mantis today.
cheers.
david
[ June 27, 2002: Message edited by: David Raid ]
Ilja Preuss
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Joined: Jul 11, 2001
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Originally posted by David Raid:
I don't plan to have many bugs i just plan to document, number, correct and test them efficiently when they arise. i dont need anything sophisticated hence the free or near nothing cost.

If your development team is colocated and not too big, you could use index cards. They are rather cheap and have some big advantages over software.
SJ Adnams
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Joined: Sep 28, 2001
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In my experience I have used a paper based system, gnu gnats, silk radar and clearquest.
all work and have pros/cons, gnats is free.
David G Risner
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Joined: May 02, 2002
Posts: 30
I've been using bugtrack because it was really easy to set up and I understand what all the fields are supposed to mean. :-)
It is at: http://www.agstools.com/products/bt.html
Of course, there is always Bugzilla:
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/bugzilla/


David G. Risner<br />Software Engineer<br />California State University, Los Angeles
 
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