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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
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Extending a webwork action in JIRA

There are so many user stories for this one! How do you override some of the JIRA built-in actions? How do you do some additional stuff in the JIRA built-in action? (Like doing some crazy things immediately after creation before the page returns to the user, or doing some innovative validations on some of those actions)

Extending the existing JIRA action is an answer to all these questions. Let us see in detail how to do that.

How to do it...

Extending a JIRA action is done with the help of the webwork plugin module. Most of it is very similar to writing new webwork actions.

Let us take the case of the create issue action. What should we do if we need to extend the create action? Say, to do some additional validation and to do some extra things after the actual creation is done?

The following are the steps, in a nutshell:

  1. Identify the action to be overridden by looking up the actions.xml under WEB-INF/classes in your JIRA installation directory.

    In our case, CreateIssueDetails...