What is the best approach for creating a JIRA plugin?

Hi.

 

We're creating a custom JIRA plugin for storing customers in JIRA.

On the server side we plan to create new tables using Active objects to store the data and to share this with the client side using the Rest approach.

The thing is as far as we understand there are different ways of displaying the data. Either by using js, jspa, vm and even servlets that either use VM files or return raw HTML. The servlet approach with usages of JIRA SAL classes that uses VM files for display seems like an easy approach, but is it a good way to go?

What is the most up to date method? Are there any plans from Atlassian to remove support for any of these approaches in the near future? We really don't want to end up rewriting the client side of the plugin in a few years because E.g support for Servlets and the SAL classes have been removed from JIRA.

 

Appreciate any opinions on this one. Thanks!

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