Living in GitHub Issues Made More Pleasant with Bee

Now that I'm like a real official developer and stuff, I'm spending a lot more time interacting with GitHub... In particular, I'm spending a lot more time interacting with the GitHub issue tracker (aka GitHub Issues).

Every bug or feature is an issue and everything I do all day is tied to one of those issues. I generally have at least 60 issues assigned to me at any one time and while the GitHub interface is generally excellent, I've been starting to wish that I could put issues in a custom order, which led me to my quest for a third-party app that integrated with GitHub Issues.

Bee... (aggressive)

In my search, the clear winner was Bee.

Why For?

If its only feature was letting me rearrange my issues, it would still be excellent. Fortunately, it does just a little bit more... but not too much.

When you have an issue selected, you can hit spacebar to start or stop time tracking on the current issue. Since I'm already tied to GitHub Issues, it's nice to have time tracking added in so seamlessly. It even puts the timer in your OS X menu bar, so you can keep an eye on the time. I've already found this helpful in making sure that certain issues don't become huge time-sinks.

It also does a great job with markdown-preview and replicating the other features that are built into the website.

Another nicety is notifications, which means that I can turn off email notifications and only get real-time notifications when I have Bee open.

So Like, Is This Free?

It costs. At the time of this post, the cost is $29. Cost is in the eye of the beholder, so I'm not going to say it's cheap or it's expensive. It's up to how much you use GitHub Issues and how much you want or care for the features offered.

What's the Verdict?

Personally, I grumbled a little at the price, but this is going to be something that I will use around 100 times a day and I think it will help me be more efficient. I won't lose time sorting through issues to find the one I want to work on next and it's nice to have the built-in time tracking. I'm psyched about it enough to write about it, so my vote is yes.

Give it a shot and see if it fits into your life... There's a free trial, so you don't have to take my word for it.