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FogBugz evaluation

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.

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About James

I am a Senior Developer/Consultant for InfoPlanIT, LLC. I previously spent over 7 years as a Product Manager for what eventually became ComponentOne, a division of GrapeCity. While there, I helped to create ActiveReports 7, GrapeCity ActiveAnalysis, and Data Dynamics Reports.

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One thought on “FogBugz evaluation

  1. I’m the author of a free open source bug tracker that is heavily inspired by FogBugz, BugTracker.NET. It’s an ASP.NET application.

    It has the same approach to email correspondence as FogBugz – tracking the incoming and outgoing emails with the bug, displayed as a narrative.

    No spam filtering though.

    More info at http://ifdefined.com/bugtrackernet.html

    Posted by Corey Trager | February 26, 2008, 7:14 am

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