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Jira Brings Its Capabilities Closer to Where Developers Spend Their Day
Source: Atlassian Jira at SoftwareReviews. Accessed December 2019
Atlassian has delivered this through a plugin for VS Code in February 2019 and has updated the plugin consistently since its initial release. In most recent updates, server and data center deployments of Bitbucket and Jira are supported along with additional issue configurations.
Key capabilities include the following:
1. Jira software issues displayed directly in VS Code
The Jira issue explorer allows developers to quickly and easily create, view, and edit issues without leaving the comfort of their IDE. Atlassian recognizes that teams work in a variety of different ways. To that end, developers can write their own custom JQL query to return the issues important to them.
2. Bitbucket pull requests and CI/CD pipelines
Additional key development activities are available without requiring developers to leaving the VS Code IDE. Developers can review open pull requests, leveraging the built-in capabilities of VS Code to provide a consistent development experience.
Additionally, build pipelines can be reviewed, with builds being easily initiated. If there are any issues, build logs are close at hand to where the developer’s code is to ensure a quicker turnaround time.
3. Inline issue access
Atlassian recognizes that developers will write comments referring to Jira issues. This comes with the challenge of remembering to create the issue, along with the challenge of discoverability when developers come back to items days or weeks later.
The plugin enables developers to create Jira issues inline while writing comments in the IDE so that items do not get lost.
Additionally, those that come back to a code snippet days or weeks later can easily see the details on the referenced issue without having to leave the IDE.
4. Simplified workflows through linking of Jira and Bitbucket
Atlassian recognizes common developer workflows that can be time consuming and error prone when done manually. From the issue view, developers can now set the issue status, set up the Git branch, and get started immediately.
Source: Application Lifecycle Management at SoftwareReviews. Accessed December 2019
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