Silver Catalyst v1.2 Released

Posted on July 3rd, 2007 in Catalyst, Tool by siddharta || No Comment

If you visited the Silver Catalyst download page in the last day you would have noticed that a new version of Silver Catalyst is now available. Silver Catalyst v1.2 has been released. As posted earlier, this version introduces wiki integration (Not sure what a wiki is? Click here). What this means is that if you have an existing wiki, you can integrate Silver Catalyst with it. If you don’t use a wiki already, choose from one of the various wikis available and set it up. See here and here for a list of available wiki software and a comparison between them.

Why integrate with a wiki? Many agile teams use a wiki to manage information and documentation about the project. It is common practice to create a wiki page for each feature and put any documentation about the project, acceptance test cases and other files relating to that feature on that wiki page. Apart from that, you would also put project documentation, design documentation, screenshots, diagrams on the wiki. A wiki is an easily editable, lightweight information management system that is popular with agile teams.

That’s why it is important that the project management tool integrates with a wiki. By clicking a task, you should be able to go straight to the wiki page for that task and view the requirements, tests and other documentation. That is exactly what this new version of Silver Catalyst allows you to do.

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Coming up: Wiki integration

Posted on July 1st, 2007 in Catalyst, Tool by siddharta || 1 Comment

Silver Catalyst v1.2 is coming up. This version brings an all new feature — wiki integration. If you have an existing wiki installed (many agile teams do), then you can automatically link up each feature in Silver Catalyst with its own page on the wiki.

Unlike other project management tools, I’ve decided to integrate with an existing external wiki rather than provide an inbuilt wiki. Why? Here are some reasons

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Silver Catalyst v1.1 Released

Posted on June 13th, 2007 in Catalyst, Tool by siddharta || No Comment

Some good news. A new version of Silver Catalyst has been released. It’s been exactly a month since the first version was released. As mentioned in my previous post, the new version allows you to enter data in multiple scripts (of course, you need to have the relevant fonts installed on your system).

Here is an example screenshot

Silver Catalyst with Unicode

You can download the new version from the download page. Follow the upgrade instructions on that page to upgrade your version of Silver Catalyst.

Coming up: Unicode support

Posted on June 8th, 2007 in Catalyst, Tool, unicode by siddharta || 1 Comment

If all goes to plan, this weekend should see a new release of Silver Catalyst with Unicode support. Right now Silver Catalyst has a nasty bug where it dies if you try to enter non-ascii characters. The fix is almost done, so soon you will be able to input data in any script.

Here is a preview image of what it looks like (click to enlarge):
Silver Catalyst with Unicode

Deploying a Django app on the desktop

Posted on May 31st, 2007 in Catalyst, django, Product design, python, Tool by siddharta || 39 Comments

One of the cool things about Silver Catalyst (which is a Django app) is that you can start using it right out of the box. I didn’t want the team working their way around Apache and MSSQL configurations, Python version incompatibilities, database access issues and deployment hassles. The final solution was a simple executable, which when run would start everything required to get going.

In this post, I’ll explain how that was achieved.

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