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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:03 pm 
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Guys, for those of you in the PHP business, what do you use to manage a workspace between you and your clients? I need something like shared calendars, tasks, bug/problems, docs -- things of that nature.

Freshmeat has a list:

http://freshmeat.net/search/?q=project+ ... x=0&Go.y=0

However, I am wanting to stay fairly mainstream and see what you guys are using.

I see a lot of guys are using BasecampHQ.com, but they've got problems here or there I hear. Also, I need unlimited projects with a couple clients, and that's $149/mo -- something I don't have. So I was thinking of hosting my own and go the F/OSS route.


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It sounds like a couple of simple open source apps would see you straight, my recommendations would be for (bug tracker, could also be used as a todo list) and for the docs/knowledge.


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 12:34 am 
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Have you checked out Assembla? http://www.assembla.com/


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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 9:22 am 
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I've decided two things:

- I want to keep this thing very simple and easy to use, breaking it down to its smallest components but yet be a couple steps above a general todo list.
- This will give me an excuse to make my own jQuery/AJAX grid control in a manner that I prefer.

So I've started a project called TabTool that is really simple. One logs in, chooses a project that they've been allotted, and see a series of tabs on the top and categories on the left. The tabs and categories are created by the admin of the project only (which is me). Project members then put "items" (for lack of a better word) into a category that goes into a tab. (This fills up items in a grid control.) An item can have a title, notes, a due date, priority, %completed, file attachments, and a state property to set it either to open, closed/completed, or archived.


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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 6:26 pm 
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Google Apps is a partial solution... I use Lighthouse for bug tracking.


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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 12:02 pm 
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I saw something in this topic called Tasks, Jr. tonight where the guy is just giving away the software for free.

http://crowdfavorite.com/tasks-jr/

Might be useful to you guys for a project workspace. It lacks some features, but you might be able to add them easily, as well as retheme the thing into something more modern and Web 2.0.


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My partner and I reviewed various shared workspace products. We looked at everything under the sun from various forum articles on the web like this, to social bookmarked recommendations, to queries on Google and blogs. In the end we settled on ActiveCollab, and I'm so glad we did. This thing is worth its weight in gold. What a beautifully designed piece of software!

Of course, if you want to go the free route, you can take everything in ActiveCollab and find a series of F/OSS projects on the web that you can install. Then, link it all with a central home page. The only problem will be the lack of integration between the various F/OSS projects.

The features we seem to be using most are:

* Calendar -- for target dates
* Discussions
* Files

But in the future we look forward to having exposed areas where individual clients can only see certain projects, and interact with us only in the areas we open up for them. For instance, clients could interact in our shared file space, cut bug report tickets, and show status updates.


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