We started the open source Atlassian IDE Connector project a few years ago with the goal of providing developers with a faster and more convenient way to interact with Atlassian applications. Thousands of downloads and a few years later, the Connectors provide access to many of the features available within the web applications, but the rest of the world did not stand still. The web and our products have evolved to the point that they eclipsed (no pun intended) the user-experience within the IDE and continue to provide more and more features that proved to be challenging to implement across a number of IDE’s with UI frameworks tailored towards editing code. In the end, we are just duplicating functionality that is already available, and often easier to use, via an excellent web user interface.
With this in mind, we took a hard look at the feature set of the Connectors, the statistics we’ve gathered over the past year, and the effort we’ve spent on maintaining these features. We came to the conclusion that it is no longer feasible spending the time of 6 full-time developers duplicating new and maintaining existing features in a different environment. Instead we want to focus our energy on features that enhance the experience of our products and provide additional value, not simply copy existing functionality. Examples of this are the JIRA time-tracking, context tracking and Bamboo notifications.
Atlassian IDE Connector 3.0
Version 3.0 of the Atlassian Connector for Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA has limited support for Fisheye and Crucible. Existing JIRA features as well as most of the Bamboo functionality have been maintained.
What exactly is changing?
Crucible reviews and some FishEye features have been removed in this version of the Connector. In the Atlassian Connector for Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA you will no longer be able to:
- Create Reviews
- View Reviews
- Perform Reviews
- Open files in FishEye
However, we realised that some tasks are made a lot easier by having a useful but lightweight integration. The great feedback we’ve gotten so far encouraged us to not only keep, but improve a couple of integration points between the IDE and Fisheye and Crucible. You will still be able to:
- Direct click-through from FishEye to files in the IDE for both Atlassian Connector for Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA
- Create Pre-Commit Reviews (IntelliJ IDEA only, depending on the interest we may put this feature into the Atlassian Connector for Eclipse)
Please note that all of the JIRA functionality is staying in the Atlassian IDE Connectors.
You can see a full list of changes and features in the IDE Connector Release Notes (“Eclipse”:http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/IDEPLUGIN/Atlassian+Connector+for+Eclipse+-+v3.0+Release+Notes /
What about the older version of the Atlassian IDE Connector?
The last version of the Connectors with full Crucible and Fisheye support are:
- Atlassian Connector for Eclipse 2.3
- Atlassian Connector for IntelliJ IDEA 2.4.2
You will still be able to download these versions of the Connectors, but Atlassian will not maintain version 2.x going forward. The good news is that Atlassian IDE Connectors are open source and we have just made it a whole lot easier for you to contribute by hosting the Atlassian IDE Connectors on BitBucket. Please feel free to fork the Eclipse or IDEA repository and contribute to the project.
What if I have questions?
Please feel free to get in touch with us. You can email me directly under: jens at atlassian dot com