We’re pleased to announce the launch of The Atlassian Developer Network.
At Atlassian, we’ve put a lot of energy into making sure that there are easy and powerful ways to extend Jira & Confluence. We know that our users are building incredibly cool stuff on top of our products. There is already a community of Jira & Confluence developers out there who have been very generous with their time, expertise and code.
We want to connect those developers with each other, with the developers at Atlassian and with the broader user community. We want to make sure that you have the information and support you need to create brilliant solutions. And we want to share those solutions as widely as possible, for the benefit of everyone.
There are four goals that will guide us as we grow the Developer Network:

  1. Communicate openly – We believe in open and honest communication. We strive to make our products and our processes as transparent as possible so that you can make better decisions.
  2. Encourage participation – We believe in the power of the community. And we believe that collaboration on an equal footing will create the greatest value for everyone.
  3. Listen to the community – We believe in listening closely to our developers. Your feedback and participation will guide how the Developer Network evolves.
  4. Iterate rapidly – We believe in delivering value to our customers quickly and frequently. We plan to expand and improve the Developer Network on a frequent and ongoing basis.

Listed below are some of the resources that we’ve lined up first. As always, we’d love to hear (developer-support@atlassian.com) what else you’d like to see.

1. The Developer Network Homepage

We’ll start with the most important link. Here’s our new homepage:
The DevNet Confluence space is homebase for our brand new developer network and it has links to all of the other resources we’re outlining in this email.

2. The Developer Blog

Consider this your behind-the-scenes tour of our little software factory. We plan to have as many of our staff posting here as possible. We have a lot of talented developers ‘behind the curtain’ and we want to let you get to know the people who actually build the software. You’ll get to see how we work and what we’re working on — before it hits the download server.

3. New Developer Mailing Lists / Forums

We’ve set up two brand new mailing lists especially for people developing with Jira or Confluence. This is how you can tap into the formidable resources of the Atlassian developer community.
(The mailinglist and forum cross-post to each other. So use the format you prefer — you won’t miss out on anything.)
Jira Dev Forum
Confluence Dev Forum
Jira Dev MailingList
Confluence Dev MailingList

4. Improved (and Improving) Developer Docs

We’ve also been working on improving the developer documentation. We’ve created some new “Getting Started”-style tutorials and added a brand new Confluence plugin development kit. Enhancing the developer docs is an on-going effort, but I think we’re off to a good start.
The Jira Development Hub
The Confluence Development Hub

5. The Plugin Libraries

One of our major goals for the developer network is to share the great work you are doing with the rest of the world. We’re big believers in the power of the community, and by contributing your plugins back to the community, everyone can benefit and participate in the evolution.
So we’re going to be highlighting some of the plugins over the next few months, in order to let the rest of our users know about all the great things they can do thanks to the work that you have contributed.

6. Plugin Hosting

And to that end, we’re extremely excited to offer project hosting for Jira and Confluence plugins. If you have a plugin that you’re willing to make available to the community Atlassian will provide you with a Subversion repository and a Jira project to make collaborative development as easy as possible.
If you’re interested, just send an email to [mailto:developer-support@atlassian.com]

7. Developer Relations

Oh yeah, then there’s me. I’m Jonathan Nolen (jonathan@atlassian.com), and I’ve just begun as Atlassian’s new Director of Developer Relations. It’s my job to make sure we’re listening to the developer community and that we’re delivering the tools you need. You have been doing some seriously impressive coding, and I’m here to make sure that you have the support of Atlassian and the developer community behind you.
If you’re interested in knowing a little more about me and where I came from, you can find my blog at: http://www.jnolen.com.

This is the first of what will hopefully be many announcements about the expanding Atlassian Devloper Network. We’ve got lots of exciting additions in the pipeline. But even more important is what you decide to do and how you decided to contribute. This is your invitation to jump in. Get involved. Tell us what you’d like to see. Ask someone for help, or help someone out. Share what you’re working on. We can’t wait to see what develops.
Jonathan & the Atlassian team

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