If you are a curious developer like me, you may be in constant search for the best tool for tracking what is generally called Knowledge basew and logging daily activities. I've tried several tools but I often fall in love with some of them and then I find others better in resolving specific needs. Let's see those I tried from an individual usage perspective.
- PROS: Fast learning curve, great flexibility, full text search, templates. Data stored in the cloud are accessible almost anytime and anywhere. Free (so far)
- CONS: It becomes a mess if you don't approach it with extreme attention at organizing things. Too many templates and functionalities to try. Is this a pro or a con? For my state of mind it is a dramatic con... It may not be the same for everyone.
- PROS: Fast learning curve, full text search, tags. Free (so far)
- CONS: After years of usage it is a mess.
- PROS: Free (so far), lightly project management oriented, templates, fast learning curve
- CONS: Some functionalities are available only if you pay. UX is not so easy to understand.
- PROS: Free (so far for individuals), fast learning curve, it is essentially a classic database.
- CONS: If you don't often deal with database you may find yourself unconfortable. Filters and grouping are not for beginners.
Is this better than the previous tools?
Short answer? No.
Longer answer: no but....
Logseq has a bit different approach which made me curious about it.
It works locally, so it implements a privacy by design approach. It is just something that works on files stored under a specific local folder and it has predefined object to work with, such as:
- journal: where you can store your daily activities
- pages: where you can create your organised Knowledge Base content
- logseq: where it stores its internal configurations, styles etc.
And then there are some interesting features which I think are one of a kind:
The graph view: this is something which grows as long as you create links across your pages. It lets you analyze your knowledge base by highlighting relations between different topics
The presentation view automatically converts pages into a live presentation document.
The flashcard item lets you create some sort of information dialog directly inside the page.
This is what I discovered so far in about a couple of weeks working on Logseq. This is not a game changing, though it has some features which I had never seen in other similar tools.
It's definetely worth checking out.
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