This year, we had the more entries in the JIRA category than any of the other product categories. It was quite a surprise, given last year’s contest, where Confluence lead JIRA by more than double. But who can truly fathom the mysteries of an open-source developer community? They build what they want to build : ). We were thrilled to get each entry, and the last week JIRA development team went through them all to select these two winners:

First Place

First place and $4,000 goes to the JIRA Links Hierarchy Report by JC Huet of Pyxis Technology, makers of the GreenPepper test tool.
The Links Hierarchy report was actually extracted from GreenPepper, and shows off just one of the cool features that are packed in that application. Luckily, though, the report plugin stands on it’s own. It lets you view the entire hierarchy of links between issues (Issue-1 depends on Issue-2 which is blocked by Issue-4) in a graphical format, and allows you to perform actions on those issues, including bulk-editing them.
This plugin was probably the favourite of the entire contest. It’s ambitious, it’s useful, it’s flashy, it’s well built and well documented. It strikes the perfect balance for a plugin.
And we aren’t the only ones to thing so! The Links Hierarchy Report won the Codegeist Community Award with about 25% of the votes. And that will net Jean-Christophe an extra $1,000 prize thanks to your votes.

Second Place

Second place and $1,000 goes to the Confluence Portlet for JIRA by Tommi Laukkanen. If you were reading the blog last week, you’ll know that Tommi is a first time plugin developer and that he submitted four different plugins to the contest this year. So it gives me great pleasure to be able to award one of those plugins the second place prize.
The JIRA Confluence Portlet is a simple but useful concept executed well. It lets you put the contents of any Confluence page on the JIRA dashboard. With JIRA, Confluence and this plugin, you could begin to make a very advanced dashboard for your operation. We’re always looking for more ways to tie our applications together and make content from one context useful in another. This plugin does a terrific job at exactly that.

That concludes the week of Codegeist Winners. A sincere congratulations to everyone who won. The plugins we terrific, and have added some great new functionality to the apps we all use. It’s always fun to see new developers come out of the woodwork, and I’m really looking forward to working with you more in the future.
If there is anything that we can do to help you in your efforts, do let me know. And we’d love to hear your feedback on the whole Atlassian plugin process. What can we do better? What could be made easier? We’ve already got a raft of good ideas from your feedback, and hope to have some nice enhancements in the next few months.
I can’t wait until next year.

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