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Archive for October, 2009

Subversion (SVN) Repository Integration with Mantis Bug Tracker

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

I recently set out to integrate a Subversion (SVN) source control repository with MantisBT, a free bug tracking system. I quickly found John Reese’s Source Integration plugin — available for the MantisBT 1.2.0 development branch — which promised to do exactly what I needed.

Reese provides step-by-step instructions to configure his plugin for a Git version control repository, but although his plugin supports Subversion, no walkthrough was available for an SVN scenario. Configuring the SVN plugin correctly took some trial and error, so I decided to document the process for others who want to get Mantis and SVN to play nicely.

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Make Your Company Indispensable Online

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Most website owners now realize that, in order for their site to remain popular and successful, it needs to evolve. Exactly how it should evolve, however, isn’t always easy to determine. Should you blog or tweet or implement some other buzzword you’ve heard lately?  Should you do what your competitors have already done?  Although these changes and ideas certainly have merit, by focusing just on these approaches you will  constantly be playing catchup.

Instead, I suggest thinking about your customers first and how you can use the internet and technology to make their lives easier.  Sure, a blog or twitter stream lets your customers hear from you more readily, and this communication has tremendous value.  However, this added communication doesn’t necessarily make you any less dispensable to the customer. Rather, to become truly indispensable, you need to offer them new services and features that they come to depend on.

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