|Helix® Professional TimeTracker|
A useful way to manage collaborative collection design
One of the most critical aspects of designing and building a successful Helix collection is the ability to write a good specification.
The Helix® Professional TimeTracker is a Helix code clipping that you apply directly into the collection where you are working. It consists of a single relation and a set of Sequence icons, some of which you may already have in your Collection.
At the beginning of each work session, simply open the TimeTrax screen (see illustration) and make a note in the Description field about what you’re working on and enter it. The default Start time is captured. Later, when your work is complete, return to this screen, click the “Last” button to bring the record back up and stamp the End time to generate the Elapsed Time (ET) in hours.
Useful for both remote and local design work
In spite of Helix’s ease of use, both individual and business users have often sought the assistance of professional designers to help them realize their Helix programming objectives. Historically, such work was almost always done on-site and required users to shut down their Helix collections while the work was in progress.
However, with the introduction of Helix’s copy-and-paste structure capability and the growth of the internet since the early 1990s, it has become possible, even more practical, for the work to be done off-site, turned into “clipping files” and subsequently pasted into, or, as we now say, applied, to the collection structure at a mutually convenient time (i.e., outside normal business hours). These developments have also had the unintended but beneficial consequence of allowing Helix users who need help to get it from outside their local area, providing greater work opportunities for professional designers regardless of their location.
From a practical standpoint, when the professional begins working on a copy of the live collection, they would distinguish that one from the one they work in by appending a prefix or suffix to its name. For example, if the name of the Collection is “Accounting System,” they would call it “Offline Accounting System” or “Accounting System Working Copy” to avoid confusion and potential errors during work.
TimeTracker performs three functions
The Helix® Professional TimeTracker performs three essential functions for any Helix professional designer:
How to install the clipping in your Helix Clippings folder
How to install the structure in the clipping in your collection
Installation and Usage Notes
How To Purchase Helix® Professional TimeTracker
Price: $7.77. Purchase through the web store.
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