For the past few days I’ve been evaluating FogCreek Software’s FogBugz product to use internally here. If you read all of my previous post you’ll know that I’m a lone developer that doesn’t actually do much paid development, so you may ask why I would want to use such a product when many others would be better suited price wise.
Part of that, I am in the process of figuring out; but I do need to keep in mind that while I work by myself, I would love to get out of doing general IT work and start writing code full time so I may as well get used to using good tools now rather than relying on kludges and bad programs. Of course there is the general answer, why should I settle for less than the best?
And it appears that is the answer I keep coming back to. For the most part Gemini does what I want, but there are a few things that I would like to have that FogBugz provides.
- Complete e-mail correspondence stored in the database
- Built in support for crash reporting
- Bayesian filtering of incoming e-mail work items to auto sort them into appropriate projects/areas
Altogether, I like what FogBugz provides; most importantly I don’t need to be a linux/perl guru to install Bugzilla, nor am I stuck wanting features in Gemini that I can’t add….not to say that I can add them to FogBugz….at least I don’t think I can; but so far it isn’t lacking a feature that I know I want right now.
I just wish it was available in ASP.NET, but I can’t blame FogCreek for not making the jump if they don’t have to.