This year there were fourteen new Confluence plugins entered in Codegeist. The quality was universally high and the competition was fierce. There were some truly impressive entries.
The winner of the First Place, and $4,000, is the CheckLists Plugin by Roberto Dominguez of Comala Technologies. It implements a set of macros to generate checklist tables for a subset of pages. For each page, labels can be set/un-set and notes can be added. It provides a handy way to construct to-do lists, manage the stages of a project, or make an ad-hoc document workflow.|
We liked that it is a simple feature can stand-in for much more complex ones, like workflow. We can see lots of situations where this might be useful. The documentation was excellent, and the code was solid.
Second place, and $1,000, goes to the Page Tree Search Plugin by Shannon Krebs. The Page Tree Search plugin allows you search Confluence from a specific page and all its children, ignoring everything else. It’s useful, dead simple, and a highly requested feature. Being able to search a hierarchy of pages makes it possible to divide a space up into more easily manageable subsections.|
We could, for example, provide simple, targetted search for Confluence’s administrative, developer and installation documentation, even though they’re in the same space.
Although we were only about to give out two prizes, we did want to mention some of the other entries that we thought were particularly well built. The Amazon Web Services plugin was a full implementation of a good idea, and a good example of how Confluence can aggregate information from other web services. The Form Mail NG plugin will be extremely useful for lots of customers, and gained a big ‘coolness’ point for integrating PGP for secure email. And Scriptx allows scripting Confluence with BeanShell, Jython or JRuby. What’s not to love about that?
We’ve also been gratified to see the plugin authors have continued to improve the plugins even after the competition closed. These plugins will go on to be critical parts of Confluence in the future, just like last year’s entries — like the Plugin Repository, the Metadata plugin, the WebDAV plugin and the Contributors plugin. All plugins will be moved into the Plugin Library, where development and collaboration can continue.