my 2 cents as well:
1. ac-play-java is a solution, for sure, although it seems that was built at a hackaton or something.
2. Play version should be 2.2.6, Scala 2.10.3, AC play 0.10.1 Yes, it works quite well on Java8. I even integrated it with guice and did some dep injection on it
Personally, I doubt play framework, though. I doubt that perf wise is everything rose (put the french e'). Even the name says it: play.
3. Now, I do not know how to tell you this: Connect is a bunch of REST services. If you ever done REST is Java you have nothing to fear of. JWT should not pose problems (but I saw many people stumble into this).
Other than that, don't worry, we're all confused. Confusion will be my epitaph, anyway (#socultured)
My Work Calendar addon lives on ac-play. I am not sure about ac-play status and would like to hear some update about it as well.
When I started with ac-play I knew nothing about play2 framework and I still do not know much. I mainly use commands to start/stop/build and it's enough. All programming is done on Java relying on classes from ac-play and paly2 and there are no any problems with that.
Answering your questions:
1. Should I go further with ac-play-java?
Really do not know. It works for me and I do not care about updates as long as it works.
2. If so:
a. What version should I use from Maven/build from source (guessing 0.10.1 from source)?
I guess from sources is the only option and you take the latest.
b. What version of Play framework should this run against (guessing 4.2.x)?
I run on 2.2. 2.4 should work as well.
c. Will everything work with Java 8?
I run on 7. Do not have time/desire to update.
3. If not:
a. What's the easiest, 3rd-party route for a Java programmer to get busy with Connect?
I really do not know the easy way.
b. Relative merits of cobbling together my own JWT/webhook mechanism and wrapping it all up in a WAR, since I'm already talking to Jira through other means?
My initial intention was to "extract all I need" from ac-play and go my favorite well-known Java webapp way based on Spring IoC + Spring MVC. But I decided that I need to try ac-play and it worked and then I did not have time/desire to do standard webapp.
I have multiple projects that use variations of the same base workflow. The variations depend on the requirements of the project or issue type. The variations mostly come in the form of new statuses ...
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