J Tricks - Little JIRA Tricks
It is very obvious! If you are reading this, you must be knowing how important it is to have an external interface for JIRA and how Atlassian helps by providing a SOAP interface. In an enterprise, or even in small companies for that matter, we often end up integrating JIRA with multiple systems. Creating a SOAP Client is a recommended and easy solution in such scenarios.

In fact, JIRA enables remote access through both SOAP and XML-RPC. SOAP is recommended because it covers more operations!
In this tutorial, let us have a look at workflow validators. If you have gone through our workflow post function and condition tutorials, this should be damn easy!

Workflow validators are specific validators that checks whether some pre-defined constraints are satisfied or not while progressing on a workflow.The constraints are configured in the workflow and the user will get an error if the same is not satisfied. A typical example would be to check if a particular field is present or not before the status of the issue is moved to a different status.
In this tutorial, We attempt to take you through creating workflow conditions. If you have gone through our workflow post function tutorial, it going to be a breeze!

So what are workflow conditions? They determine whether a workflow action is available or not. Considering the importance of workflow in installations and how there is a need to restrict the actions either to a set of people, roles etc or based on some criteria (Eg: the field is not empty!), writing workflow conditions is inevitable.
Hope you all enjoyed the custom field tutorial! If you haven't got a chance and is interested, have a look here.

Let us now look at workflow post functions. Workflow post functions are very effective and heavily used. They allow you to do a lot of things when you progress on the workflow on an issue. Lot of customizations and work arounds take this route! And hence I am hoping this tutorial will help you wee bit in getting there!!

Well, I have chosen this as the first topic because of the most obvious reason. This is what most of the people will start with. That is one reason why there are lot of customfield plug-ins around! No matter how many are there, you will need a new type. You always do!

Given the context, let me make a huge assumption - You know how to create a skeleton plugin! If not, go to here and do it before you continue!

J tricks - Little JIRA Tricks