Hi Jira Users,
Any ideas / suggestions etc
Question1 - How Can I Write My Own New Report In Jira - Is there anything available that allows me to do this ?
Question2 - I am linking an Issue to say 5 other issues. How can I print out / email the main issue and some details of each of the Linked Issues ?
Any thoughts / Suggestions ?
Thanks - Grant
1. You need to do some coding - write a plugin to do the report you need. You could look at plugins that might do what you need instead of writing your own, or even a reporting tool that goes into the database for you. However, none of those options are going to work for you - you've said you're using OnDemand, and that won't let you install anything.
2. I don't think you can do that without plugins either. I've had some luck using the "velocity" fields in the Jira Toolkit plugin (which is in OnDemand) to show issue data, but that functionality has been removed from the later versions of it. I've replaced it with my own dedicated code.
My current clients are keeping me very busy at the moment, I'm not sure I'd have much time. However, if you were to explain your reporting needs here, someone may already have a plugin that does what you want. If I'm aware of anything that might help you, I'll certainly point it out.
The rules for OnDemand plugins are at https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/AOD/Atlassian+OnDemand+Plugin+Policy - note that any pointers or bespoke code we might have for you can't be installed in OnDemand at the moment, so you might be on a hiding to nowhere.
If you do decide to host your own Jira, or use another hosting company who are more flexible around plugins, AND we can't find you a plugin to help, then consider looking for a partner at http://www.atlassian.com/resources/experts - some of them are also hosting companies
That's the point - no software enables you to write a report natively. The ones where you *think* you can have reporting software on the outside, or internal implementations. That's extra code. Atlassian have concentrated on making it usable rather than random ad-hoc reporting which may not make a lot of sense (I've seen some wonderful reports done with reporting tools on Jira data that have been utterly misleading and useless because ad-hoc reports tend to mean humans write the reports they *think* they want, and they're often wrong).
If you think you need a report, it's often worth questioning why it's not available in the application already...
Use the PDF View Plugin to create a PDF from the main issue and the linked ones, using a custom template. The template allows you to specify what fields, details to show about the main issue and also about the linked ones. This is far easier than writing a custom report add-on for the use case.
Then use the PDF Automation Plugin to email this automatically for you.
This combo can work miracles in use case like yours!
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