Google allows its users to customize their home pages and calls it iGoogle.
As my ShipIt project I decided to create a plugin to Jira that would allow to integrate Jira with Jira Issues Google Gadget. This plugin would enable a one-click operation that would add a new gadget onto the personalized Google Home page. This gadget would display the currently viewed filter of Jira’s Issue navigator page (up to 10 issues).
The gadget is customizable. You can set new title of the gadget, change the filter (Jira XML URL – what issues to display), items total (from range 1-10), summary length (this is so long summaries “fit” into one line), select whether you want to display icons or text and optionally set the username and password for filters that require authorization.
How to use this plug-in and configure the gadget
Install “Add To Google” Jira plugin
Make sure that XML search view is enabled
After these steps your Issue Navigator
should have a link to XML view
and a link to Add To Google view
When you click the Add To Google Home link the following page will appear (Note: The preview gadget will only work if your Jira instance is publicly available)
After you copy the displayed URL and click the button the following page will appear
Click the Add To Google button and your gadget will be added to your Google Home page
Unfortunately, the URL must be set manually at the moment, which is a bit of a pain until Google Gadget API enables specifying user preferences in the “Add To Google” link.
To customize the gadget click on the settings arrow in the upper right corner
select Edit Settings
and paste the URL into the Jira XML URL field
Click Save and you are done!
Where to go from here
Plugin itself is in Subversion in jira-add-to-google-plugin project.
Other ideas and improvements: It would be nice if Google finally implemented user preferences in the “Add To Google” link. That would make this plugin less pain to use… I did not know about this limitation until I got around integrating Jira with this gadget.