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JIRA Development Cookbook

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JIRA Development Cookbook

Overview of this book

JIRA provides issue tracking and project tracking for software development teams to improve code quality and the speed of development.This book is your one-stop resource to master JIRA extension and customization. You will learn how to create your own JIRA plugins, customize the look and feel of your JIRA UI, work with Workflows, Issues, Custom Fields, and much more.The book starts with recipes on simplifying the Plugin development process followed by a complete chapter dedicated to the Plugin Framework to master Plugins in JIRA.Then we will move on to writing custom field plugins to create new field types or custom searchers. We then learn how to program and customize Workflows to transform JIRA into a user-friendly system. Reporting support in an application like JIRA is inevitable! With so much data spanning across different projects, issues, etc and a lot of project planning done on it, we will cover how to work on reports and gadgets to get customized data according to our needs. We will then look at customizing the various searching aspects of JIRA such as JQL, searching in plugins, managing filters, and so on. Then the book steers towards programming Issues, i.e. creating/editing/deleting issues, creating new issue operations, managing the various other operations available on issues via the JIRA APIs etc. In the latter half of the book, you will learn how to customize JIRA by adding new tabs, menus, and web items, communicate with JIRA via the REST, SOAP or XML/RPC interfaces, and work with the JIRA database.The book ends with a chapter on useful and general JIRA recipes.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
JIRA Development Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Adding new module types to JIRA

So far, we have seen a lot of useful plugin module types in JIRA. Custom field module type, webwork module type, servlet module type, and so on. But is it possible to add a custom module type in JIRA, one that can then be used to create different modules?

JIRA provides the Module Type plugin module using which we can add new module types dynamically to the plugin framework. In this recipe, we will see how we can add such a new plugin module type and use it to create different modules of that type.

Getting ready

Create a Skeleton plugin using Atlassian Plugin SDK.

How to do it...

Let us consider the same example Atlassian have used in their online documentation, that is, to create a new dictionary plugin module which can then be used to feed a dictionary service used by other plugins or modules.

Following are the steps to define a new plugin module type:

  1. Add the module type definition in the atlassin-plugin.xml file.

    <module-type key="dictionary" class="com.jtricks...