Startup Notes to remember things for next day

I always write notes at the end of the day to get me back into what i was doing quickly the next day so I think it would be nice if Idea had a simple notepad that you could add some quick notes to when closing or just at random and the notes would be shown next time you open the project.

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Travis Reeder wrote:

I always write notes at the end of the day to get me back into what i
was doing quickly the next day so I think it would be nice if Idea
had a simple notepad that you could add some quick notes to when
closing or just at random and the notes would be shown next time you
open the project.


Do you really need specific support for this? You could just keep the
notes in a text file within the project. As long as the text file is
the last thing you visit before you close the project, it will also be
the first thing you see when you open the project again. But maybe
there are some drawbacks to this method that I don't see right now?

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There used to be a plugin named ScratchPad that did something like that. IIRC, it was released for version 3.0 (or maybe 4.0?); anyway, I don't know if a version for the current EAP is available. Anybody here who does?

Regards,
Jens

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> You could just keep the notes in a text file within the project.
.. But maybe there are some drawbacks


Drawbacks:
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If you want to go further that a simple PostIt-like service, the todo
list will actually be a simple tracker, to store bugs, requests, notes,
..., all things that are very project, or even module related :
Problem 1: 2+ projects open at the same time
Problem 2: multi-module projects
=> what to display ?

So, basically, once you go beyond the basic PostIt, you have to choose
the todo list scope
- 1/ Application scope
- 2/ Project scope
- 3/ Module scope


(, and I didn't even mentionned the 'User scope'.)

Suggestion:
- use 1/Application and 2/Project scope
- store todo in a text file

Problem: IDEA can't "see" what's between the projectRoot and a
moduleRoot => where do you store the text file ?!


> Do you really need specific support for this? You could just keep
the notes in a text file within the project. As long as the text file
is the last thing you visit before you close the project, it will also
be the first thing you see when you open the project again.

Store in a text file:
-


That's just what I've implemented in my miniWikiTracker (not published yet):
- store tasks in a plain text files : /todo.txt/ - done tasks are extracted to "done.txt", and a short log is kept in "log.txt" (thanks to the miniWiki plugin, the log entries are active links => Ctrl-B works between text files) - write tasks with a basic syntax rule : a new task starts when the 1st char is in column zero N add backup - to file, or - via email ]]>


- offer a smarter UI (dialog), on top of this data. (the plugin), to
quickly manipulate the tasks data.

Currently, the UI is a plain dialog, but if the welcome panel becomes a
controlPanel (accessible at all time), I could use the future API to
display it there.



Conclusion:
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This feature should obviously implemented as a plugin, as different
people would prefer a different kind of service;
If JetBrains were to provide by default a simple
project-todo-list-in-a-file, with an interface like
http://tadalist.com/
, I wouldn't complain.


Alain

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Sometimes it's just nice to be reminded and it's always nice when software can think for me.

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