Garrett: The Desktop and the Developer


Matthew Garrett suggests a rethink of the desktop to better suit the needs of contemporary developers. “If the desktop had built-in awareness of the issue tracker then they could be presented with relevant information and options without having to click through two separate applications. If git commits were locally indexed, the developer could find the relevant commit without having to move back to a web browser or open a new terminal to find the local checkout. A simple task that currently involves multiple context switches could be made significantly faster.

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