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Project Time Tracking - The Best Solution

4/2/2014 1:50:00 PM -- Ted Krapf

So the other day I set out to look for an app, a widget, a sidebar gadget or a web app that handled Time Keeping for project work.  

I was surprised to find that while there are a lot of tools out there, many are lacking, cumbersome, expensive, or just simply way over complicated.  So I decided that I'd just create something for myself to use.  It turned out to be an interesting project.

What resulted is is TimeKeeper by TKC.  This simple C#.NET 4.0 WinForm app has a pair of SQL database tables to hold the tasks and each of the task's logs (time).

I set it up so the user could run timers for tasks, or enter them manually (in case you missed setting a timer.

Using a slick open-source calendar control (, I added the lower calendar so I could quickly and visually see the total hours attributed to a specific day.  This helps me more closely track what is going on with each project.

As a nod to my favorite little Binary Clock, I used a reimagined version it as the program's icon.  

I also added an export to Excel feature that packages all the data for a month up using the OpenXML Document spec, resulting in a nicely formatted .xlsx file that I can hold for my records and/or present to clients.

If nothing else this was a reminder that with just a little programming skill and time, almost anyone can create a program solution to an everyday problem to make their life easier.

Happy Coding,


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