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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
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User and date fields from 4.1.x

If you have upgraded from a pre 4.1 to a post 4.1 version, you must have noticed the new View Issue page. People have different opinions on the new UI usability, but one thing that gets everyone's vote is how the date and user fields are arranged in the UI. You will see a section of its own for the user and date fields, as shown in the next screenshot:

So how do our fields appear in that section?

How to do it...

When you write your new date fields or user fields, all you need to do to make it appear in the correct sections is to implement the right interface!

For a user field, the new custom field type class should implement the following interface:


For a date field, implement:


If you are extending the existing date fields or user fields, they already implement the interface, and hence they will appear automatically in there!

What if you do not want your field in the special date/user...