Welcome to the August edition of the Atlassian newsletter!
This month we have some new Jira announcements, an interview with Matt Tucker, the CTO of Jive Software, opensource.atlassian.com releases, Jira tips, recommended reading sites and even a blog of the month.
We hope you enjoy reading this, and we’d love “any feedback you have”:http://www.atlassian.com/about/contactform.jsp.
h2. Announcements
h3. Jira 2.4.1 released
Jira 2.4.1 has been released in both Professional and Enterprise editions.
It can be downloaded from “here”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/views/DownloadCenter.jspa
New features include: graphical statistics portlets, Jelly support, configure field order, support for hidden fields and built in bug reporting. Fixes and improvements include an improved dashboard, improved MS Excel view, anonymous email support and much, much more.
You can see the full description of all new features and the full list of fixes and improvements “here”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/news/archives/000259.jsp
If you haven’t kept up with recent releases, why not take a look at what the new features are in “2.3”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/news/archives/000196.jsp, “2.2”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/news/archives/000174.jsp and “2.1”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/news/archives/000137.jsp
h3. Jira Partner Program
We are making steps towards launching a new Jira partner program for resellers, software consultants and system integrators.
If you are interested in finding out more about our partner program please let our sales team know by emailing sales@atlassian.com.
h2. Customer Interview
h3. Interview with Matt Tucker, CTO – Jive Software
As the first of a series of customer interviews, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of our favourite customers, Matt Tucker – the CTO of Jive Software about their company, their unique development process and how they use Jira. Here is an excerpt:

*ATLASSIAN: I see you’ve integrated Jira with your website. How does that work? Was it hard to do?*
JIVE: Smack is an Open Source XMPP client library we develop. Most of our Jira projects are internal only, but we wanted to make the Smack issues public. So, we used Jira’s RSS feature to display the latest issues on the Smack website (using the Open Symphony OSCache and transform taglibs). This is a great way to give users a snapshot of what’s happening in the latest releases. We’re planning to do further integration work in the near future, such as integrating the Jira and Jive user and authentication systems, and creating a Jive Forums filter so that Jira issues can be automatically linked with syntax such as [issue]forums-56[/issue].

See the full transcript online “here”:http://www.atlassian.com/news/archives/000134.jsp
h2. Atlassian Open Source
We also released our new “Open Source website”:http://opensource.atlassian.com this week, to help share components that we have released as Open Source.
Atlassian strongly believes in Open Source software and the benefits of it for business. We support and contribute to the Open Source community in a number of ways – from supplying our own code, to supporting other projects. Our staff write lots of Open Source code, both on their free time and on company time.
We also released two modules on the site, which you may want to look at:
# “Seraph”:http://opensource.atlassian.com/seraph/ – a J2EE web application security framework
# “Profiling”:http://opensource.atlassian.com/profiling/ – a run-time profiling library for enterprise Java applications
h2. Tips of the Month
h3. Tip #1 History Feature
Have you ever expended considerable effort searching for an issue, and wish you could get back to it later on without having to dig for it again? You will be pleased to know that you can get a convenient list of links to all the issues that you have viewed recently.
h3. Tip #2 Shared Filters
Ever wished you could share a really useful filter (particularly project related ones) with colleagues without having to manually set it up for them? Now you can with the new “shared filters” feature in Jira. All you need to do is to get an administrator to provide your group with global “Create Shared Filter” permissions. To share a filter, simply click on the “All” link in Issue Navigator, and then the “Share” link beside the filter you wish to share.
h3. Tip #3 Dashboard Config
Is the default dashboard getting too big? Too many projects on the dashboard? As of Jira 2.2, you can edit the default dashboard, as well as being able to edit your own individual dashboard.
For more information on these tips please refer to our “documentation”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/docs/v2.4.1/.
h2. Blog of the Month
(from “java.blogs”:http://www.javablogs.com)
Each month we feature one notable Java weblog from javablogs.com in this section, and where better to start than the “BileBlog”:http://freeroller.net/page/fate/ ?
Love it or hate it, the Bile Blog has certainly made a name for itself in the last 3 months of publishing with it’s acerbic, piercing style. Whether you agree with the points being made or not, it’s amusing reading either way. He even managed to Bile Jira at one point, so for that alone he gets our new ‘Blog of the Month’ award.
Our advice? Don’t take it too seriously, just enjoy it for what it is.
h3. Recommended Reading
Some sites that might be of interest to readers:
* “http://www.softwareceo.com”:http://www.softwareceo.com – Great information targetted at management of any software company
* “http://www.javablogs.com”:http://www.javablogs.com/ – OK, so we built the site, and therefore we’re biased, but javablogs is a great resource for java developers. More up to date than The Server Side and more relevant than javalobby – have a look today.
Well that’s all for this month – we hope you enjoyed reading this, and we’d love “any feedback you have”:http://www.atlassian.com/about/contactform.jsp.
Thanks for reading!
Scott & The Atlassian Team

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