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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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Creating a SOAP client

As mentioned previously, SOAP is currently the preferred mode of remote access in JIRA though Atlassian is slowly moving towards REST. SOAP has the most number of methods compared to REST or XML/RPC and is probably used the most in the plugins that we find around us. In this recipe, we will start with the basics and see how we can write a simple SOAP client.

Getting ready

Install Maven2 and configure a Java development environment. Make sure the RPC plugin is enabled in JIRA and the Accept remote API calls option is turned ON at Administration | Global Settings | General Configuration.

How to do it...

The following are the steps to create a JIRA SOAP client:

  1. Download the latest demo SOAP client distribution from the Atlassian public repository at: This contains a Maven 2 project configured to use Apache Axis, and a sample Java SOAP client, which creates test issues at

  2. Modify the...