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Mind Traffic Control in Clojure
(Ported / adapted from Mind Traffic Control in Racket)
(Ported / adapted from [Mind Traffic Control in Racket](
## Usage
Mind Traffic Control is a very simple but very powerful command line tool to track tasks or "todo" items.
Despite its simplicity MTC is powerful in two ways :
* it can handle a LOT of tasks. (I have around 1300 tasks in my file at the point of writing. And my MTC has been in continuous use for about 10 years.)
* it is very simple to control, typically you can achieve what you want with a minimal number of keystrokes that are also trivial to learn.
MTC is designed to help you remember and do your tasks. Not to faff about with task management software or methodologies. So the philosophy is one of minimalism. It keeps out of your way and requires the minimum from the user to make it work.
### Basic Usage
MTC thinks of your tasks as a queue. And by default simply shows you the "next item", ie. the item at the front of the queue.
When faced with this task you can basically do one of two things :
* delete it from MTC, either because you've done it, or decided it no longer needs doing
* defer it to some time in the future, ie. throw it further back in the queue
MTC makes no distinction between cancelling a task and doing it. This is a pointless distinction. MTC is ruthlessly focussed on being useful to help you track what you *need to do*. Not what you've done.
To delete the "next item" simply type `*` and hit the return key.
To defer an item you use the `/` key.
`/` and return simply throws the item to the end of the queue. But as your queue becomes longer that might be too far back, you might need to skip something right now, but keep it reasonably close to the front of the queue.
`//` throws the item 10 back in the queue (ie. brings the 10 next items in front of it)
`///` throws the item 50 back in the queue.
`////` throws the item 500 back in the queue.
As mentioned previously, I have around 1300 items in my MTC. I haven't felt the need for a command to throw items 5000 back. But if you find yourself in the position of needing it, then make a request :-)
Finally, there are times when you need to focus on a particular project.
The command `+ PATTERN` pulls all items which match PATTERN to the front of the queue.
I use the standard todo.txt conventions of having a `+` in front of project names, and an `@` in front of contexts.
So `+MTC` is my tag for items related to developing or distributing MTC. `@email` is my tag for any item that involves writing an email.
MTC has no special commands to handle these tags. If you want to pull them to the front, simply write an appropriate pattern and use with the "pull" command `+`.
Note that PATTERN is a standard regex. Which is powerful. But gives rise to one "quirk" (or bug). The `+` is a special character in regex and so must be escaped when you want to quote it literally.
So use `+ \+MTC` when pulling all items tagged +MTC to the front.
`@` is not problematic so you can write `+ @email` to pull all email context items to the front.
MTC discourages you looking at the list entirely. But sometimes you need to, so we have the command `l` to list all items.
As with the defer command, list also has local veriants.
`l` shows the list of all items in the queue
`ll` lists just the first 10 items from the queue
`lll` list the first 50 items
`llll` lists the first 500 items.
This lets you peek ahead. Typically when you want to remind yourself if there are any other projects which might be urgent.
MTC has no explicit notion of priority or urgency. In usage, just keep urgent / high priority items near the beginning of the queue.
MTC works on the queue in memory. You need to explicitly save it back to the todo.txt file.
Use the command `s` to save.
Finally, the command `c` gives you a count of how many items you have in the queue. Which is something you sometimes want to know.
## Quick Start
Create a todo.txt file ... a simple text file with a list of todo items.
Then run from repository with :
lein run PATH/TO/todo.txt
Or build a standalone JAR file with
lein compile
lein uberjar
and run it with :
java -jar target/mtc-clj-0.1.0-SNAPSHOT-standalone.jar PATH/TO/todo.txt
## License
Copyright © 2018 FIXME
Copyright © 2018 Phil Jones
Distributed under the Eclipse Public License either version 1.0 or (at
your option) any later version.
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