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Dr. David Shepherd has studied software tools at U of Delaware, developed tools at Tasktop Technologies, and is now doing some of both at ABB Corporate Research, where he has a chance to impact the thousands of developers that ABB employs. His articles are focused on helping developers increase their personal productivity by harnessing available software tools. David is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 12 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

Top three Tasktop and Mylyn tips

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Recently I’ve been sharing Tasktop and Mylyn tips with users via Twitter. Twitter is a great medium for sharing every tip (or every thought), but in the Tasktop spirit of “Less is More” I want to share only the top tips with our blog readers. Without further ado, here are some of the more popular tips from the first three weeks of our #tasktoptips series.

Tip #1  

How fast can you task? – As developers work they are often interrupted. Tasktop eases the pain of interruptions by allowing developers to create and activate a task without touching the mouse. Next time your co-worker utters the sentence “Hey, can you help me with X” say “Sure”, hit CRTL+ALT+N (new quick task), type in “X”, and press ALT+A. Your new task is immediately created and activated. You can begin helping them quickly without polluting your original task’s context.

Tip #2  

Ready, Set, Activate – After helping a coworker, or even returning from lunch, developers want to get back in the flow, fast. Pressing CRTL+F9 brings up a list of recently activated tasks, which you can select to activate. Pressing CRTL+F9, down arrow, and then return is among the fastest ways to get back in the flow after being interrupted. It activates the last active task, focuses your views, and supports your shift back into coding.

Tip #3  

Say It Again, With Feeling – As I triage incoming bugs for Tasktop I find myself making the same comments over and over, such as “Please send me your error log, here’s how…” or “Download the Early Access Version, here’s how…”. To speed up my workflow I’ve created templates for many common phrases. I press CRTL+Space, start typing “t_” which lists my templates, and then choose the appropriate one. Not only does this keep me sane, avoiding much repetitive typing, but it avoids mistakes.

There you have it, the top three tips from our first two weeks of tips. Remember, follow me on twitter or watch the hashtag #tasktoptips for more tips in the upcoming weeks!



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