Creating a task manager, stage the first, or: the itcy and scratchy show
So I decided to write a task manager.
I have recently tried to streamline my daily assignments in a task list, so I'll have track of stuff I do, or need to do. However, the way I work, I often find that a simple list does not suffice.
Sadly, I found that, for all the plethora of solutions available, none gives me what I actually need.
I was using vimtodo, a simple todo list for Vim, which allowed me to add tasks and checklists, but there was no way to actually automate this process, which meant a lot of copy/paste work for every item, and it had no online component. Getting Things Gnome has sub-tasks and can be synched via Remember the Milk, but tasks, again, need to be entered manually every time. Other web solutions had parts of what I wanted, but not all. The closest I got was Pivotal Tracker that allowed me to add tasks to each job, but, again, manually.
While at it, there were other features I thought as "nice to have". There should be a "start/pause/end" button that I could toggle, and a way to tell me how long I actually worked (In a more robust way than started on/ended on).
I've decided to work with Hiveminder as a back-end, I used it once, and remember it as flexible and reliable. It's also written in Perl and has a nice interface via Net::Hiveminder, and a very clear API.
It also has a feature that allows you to link another task as a "But first..." or "And then..." which I'll use to link the todo's to the tasks. I'm not sure about the exact interface I'll use, so for the meanwhile, I'll focus on the functionality.
Next: linking Hiveminder and hacking around it.