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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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Adding custom fields to notification mails

One of the main features of JIRA is its capability to send notifications – to selected people on selected events! It is often a requirement from JIRA users to customize these notifications, mainly to add more content in the form of custom fields.

If you understand velocity templates, adding custom fields to notification mails is a cakewalk, as we would see in this recipe.

Getting ready

You should know the custom field ID that you need to add into the template. The id can be found in the URL that you see when you hover over the 'Edit' operation on the custom field in the administration page.

How to do it...

Let us have a look at adding a custom field, X, into a notification mail when an issue is updated. The following are the steps:

  1. Identify the template that needs to be updated. For each event in JIRA, you can find the template associated with it in the email-template-id-mappings.xml residing under the WEB-INF/classes folder.

    In this case, the event is...