To Joel's faithful readers, I compare the super expensive and not so good FogBugz with <a href="http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/default.jsp"
"Super expensive"? Doesn't give any of the rest of it much credibility, I'm afraid...
The JIRA bug tracker costs $800/server and FogBUGZ costs only $200 for 5 users. Admittedly, a FogBUGZ site license costs $2000, but if you have more than 20 engineers, then you can probably afford it. If you have more than 20 engineers and NO bug tracker, then you can't afford NOT to use it! ;-)
Jira is free for open source developement and it has a much superior UI and many more features.
Maybe it's just my editorial background, but I'd take a critique more seriously if the author could be bothered to spell the product name correctly. Or if there was more substance to the critique than that another package has "a much superior UI and more features".
Or if the author bothered to use a real name.
Anonymous posting seems to be something that is incomprehensible for the visitors of this site, oh right you guys are from the windows world where there is no respect for privacy, security ...
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you'll get ragged on at slashdot if you post something with a lot of opinions as anonymous coward. it's not a windoze thing :)
There's plenty of anonymous posting here, and no one complains. But a post like that one can't be taken seriously when you fail to disclose who you are and what your relationship to the other product is. It's simply juvenile and not worth anyone's time to read.
It depends on the complexity of your project. To be honest, I would say that any team of under 7 developers can simply use an Excel spreadsheet that's on a shared drive. Beyond that, you could just have multiple sheets broken down by some subgrouping.
I might have been interested in having a look at JIRA but if this poster is reflective at all of the outfit behind it, I'm completely turned off.
bella - with the spreadsheet is historical data, for example, not a problem? you can make a spreadsheet which is as complicated as a "real" bug tracking system, but in that case you might as well _have_ a "real" bug tracking system (in fact you might as well write one). what i am saying is, is the benefit (simplicity presumably) worth the reduced featureset? what features do you find you do need and what do you find that you don't?
Another competitor to FogzBugz and JIRA - GRAN PM ( http://www.granpm.com ).
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