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Extreme Planner and "tags"

Frank Carver
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Compared with some of the "web 2.0" applications we see these days, Extreme Planner seems very "old school". Personally I don't mind that it doesn't use AJAX, but I am slightly puzzled that there seems to be no support for attaching arbitrary tags to stories or tasks.

It might just be the way I work, but I often find myself thinking in terms of tags - in the sense of attributes which cut across the regular story/task hierarchy. For example, I might have a bunch of tasks which I tag with "web services" so that anyone keeping an eye on web-service related things can select just those. Similarly I might tag a bunch of stories with "performance" or "database", or whatever. And, of course, some stories or tasks might get more than one tag.

Maybe EP has support for this sort of functionality, but if so, I couldn't see it in the demo.

Thoughts?


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Dave Churchville
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Joined: Jun 07, 2004
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Originally posted by Frank Carver:
Compared with some of the "web 2.0" applications we see these days, Extreme Planner seems very "old school". Personally I don't mind that it doesn't use AJAX, but I am slightly puzzled that there seems to be no support for attaching arbitrary tags to stories or tasks.

It might just be the way I work, but I often find myself thinking in terms of tags - in the sense of attributes which cut across the regular story/task hierarchy. For example, I might have a bunch of tasks which I tag with "web services" so that anyone keeping an eye on web-service related things can select just those. Similarly I might tag a bunch of stories with "performance" or "database", or whatever. And, of course, some stories or tasks might get more than one tag.

Maybe EP has support for this sort of functionality, but if so, I couldn't see it in the demo.

Thoughts?


Well, "tagging" isn't something that's supported in the current version, but I agree that that might be a useful addition.

ExtremePlanner does support a "Topic" which can be used to group related stories together, and can also be searched (in addition to the actual story name). So a basic form of categorizing is available, but not to the extent you're talking about.

It's certainly an interesting idea for an enhancement, though.

As far as AJAX/Web 2.0, we're certainly more than capable of using the technology, but our philosophy has been to keep things simple and accessible to the largest cross-section of browsers possible. Fewer quirks, less frustration for our users (and for us as well ;-) I'm sure there will be opportunities to implement AJAX in the future in some area of the application, but we'll do it with restraint.

Thanks for the ideas.
 
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