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Jira Development Literature

Hello everyone! 

Can anyone recommend not-outdated literature on developing JIRA plugins from scratch? The official documentation seems only sufficient for simple plugins.

It would be nice if theres a chapter about authentication process and blocking requests ( are filters sufficient for this?), as this - I assume - are the two main things needed for developing a multifactor authentication plugin, which I'm planning to do.

If by any chance Jobin is reading this: Does the newest Version of your CookBook also covers development process using Atlassian Connect, or isn't it still that good of an approach as p2? Or do the two technologies may have different application areas, which I didn't get from the official documentation yet? 

If anyone can provide any type of additional information about the development of plugins/add-ons, it's very much appreciated =)

Thanks in advance, 


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Thanks for your answers Sam! 

As now mentioned in the developers board, I am using the server version, so Connect isnt an option anymore.


  • Jira Server --> use P2
  • consider literature by Jobin Kuruvilla and Matthew B. Doar
  • take a look at sourcecode in marketplace

Hi slothy

Jobin's 'JIRA Development Cookbook (3rd Edition)' doesn't cover developing Connect add-ons, I'm afriad.

The book just has a short paragraph about Atlassian Connect which directs the reader to the docs at:

I should have mentioned above that newer developer documentation for JIRA Cloud is here:

And the developer blog has some great articles:

Sam, what about Server? I know there are some differences between Cloud and Server. Do those apply in the context of the links you've provided

The links above with 'cloud' or 'connect' in the URL are specifically about Cloud.

For server you need to start on this page: (look at the 'JIRA Server platform' link).

On the developer blog, it depends on individual articles as they cover all sorts of Atlassian development related things. It's usually obvious from the titles and tags what they are about.

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