To plugin, or not to plugin...

Hi, I am trying to re-create a Atlassian Connect add-on for JIRA Server but I am not sure where to start.

I have created an add-on for JIRA Cloud which takes care of synchronizing data between JIRA and another project management tool (Forecast.it).

It does this by subscribing to a list of Webhooks which I use to send the data to Forecast, and I then use the data from the add-on installation handshake to send JWT authenticated requests back to JIRA.

Now, as I said, I need to do the same for JIRA Server.

I have been looking at the Plugins 2 framework and I can't figure out if it is possible to subscribe to webhooks via a P2 plugin the same way as you can with a Connect add-on.

Does it even make sense to create a plugin to mimic the functionality of my cloud add-on, or should I just create a polling service that uses the REST api to synchronize the two systems?

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Alex Christensen Community Champion Sep 26, 2017

Hi, Niels - I don't have an answer for you, unfortunately, but just wanted to let you know that there is also an Atlassian Developers community site dedicated to developing add-ons, etc.

https://developer.atlassian.com/community/

Might try posting your question there, too. :)

Thanks! I will post my question there.

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Niels, the P2 add-on runs within JIRA so I think using webhooks to communicate within the same JVM would be overcomplication.

Instead I suggest you implement a listener that intercepts JIRA's internal events. This is a completely standard and stable even multicasting mechanism in JIRA, so safe to build upon.

See this tutorial: https://developer.atlassian.com/jiradev/jira-platform/guides/other/tutorial-writing-jira-event-listeners-with-the-atlassian-event-library

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