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Local Tasks in NetBeans IDE

This document describes the use cases, requirements and UI of s special task repository in the IDE - Local Tasks. The document is not final and will most probably change in the future as the discussion about local tasks evolves.


NetBeans IDE is slowly turning into a task-driven IDE where users work on their tasks, the IDE behaves differently depending on the active task. The task can come from various different bug trackers but what we're missing at the moment is the ability to create a local task, invisible to others but the one person who created it, add private comments to the task, schedule it for some time in future or add dependencies in other tasks (even from other bug trackers).

Use Cases

Create Task

Franta would like to implement a new awesome feature for his favorite IDE but his manager did not allow him to do that at work because he did not care about the feature at all and considered it useless. Instead of creating 100 user accounts voting for the issue in Bugzilla Franta decided to implement the feature in his free time as a Friday afternoon project. He's developing the feature locally on his machine and would like to track progress of the development but because he's unsure how far he's gonna get, he does not want to expose the progress to public (by using a bugtracker) but instead would like to make his notes have them stored locally.

So he goes to the new Task Dashboard, selects the always available Local Task repository and from its menu invokes Create New Task. A form for new local task opens in the editor area, Frantik enters its summary New awesome feature.
Then he fills the description of the task into Private Notes text area. He's planning to track the progress of the development and fill all his private thoughts into the field later so when he activates the task next Friday he would know where to continue. For the meantime he enters Prepare UI specification for the feature into the field.
Because he would like to finish his work until the feature-freeze for the next release he also fills the Due date field and enters the date of the freeze.
After that he saves the task with Ctrl+S keystroke and the task is immediately added into the Task Dashboard under the Local Tasks repository node.

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