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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

Programming Change Logs

Tracking changes to an issue is very important. JIRA stores all the changes that are done on an issue as change logs along with the information of who made the change and when. Sometimes, when we do custom development, we will have to update the Change History by ourselves when something changes on the issue by our plugin.

Change Histories are logged as change groups which are a group of one or more change items made by a user at any one time. Each change item will be a change made on any single field.

In this recipe, we will see how to add change logs on an issue using the JIRA API.

How to do it...

Each change item in JIRA is created as a ChangeItemBean. ChangeItemBean can be of two different types—one for system fields where the field type is ChangeItemBean.STATIC_FIELD and another for custom fields where the field type is ChangeItemBean.CUSTOM_FIELD.

The following are the steps to add a Change History.

  1. Create a ChangeItemBean for the change that needs to be recorded...