Each week, Marketplace Monday profiles one (or two) great add-ons available in the Atlassian Marketplace–where you can try and buy more than a thousand add-ons for Atlassian products.

Holy smokes! AtlasCamp 2012 is almost upon us, and it’s our first big milestone since we launched the Marketplace back at Summit 2012 on June 1. To celebrate three and a half months of Marketplace, this week we’ll be profiling add-ons and Atlassian partners every day up until AtlasCamp kicks off. Today’s post features not one add-on, but two. We’ll cover Behave for Jira, our winner for Best Marketplace-paid Add-on in the Codegeist 2012 plugin development competition, and the runner up in that category, Image Slider for Confluence.

Behave for Jira Overview

Behave for Jira is a tool for agile testing and requirements discovery within Jira. It allows users to express required functionality as “acceptance criteria” for use in acceptance test driven development. If you’re not familiar with ATDD, it’s also known as “specification by example,” an agile testing method where automated acceptance criteria are defined early in the development cycle and used in the development process itself, rather than as validation after testing is completed. As John Ferguson Smart writes in JavaWorld,

Traditionally, testers will prepare test plans and execute tests manually at the end of the software development phase…ATDD takes a different approach. Essentially, ATDD involves collaboratively defining and automating the acceptance tests for upcoming work before it even begins — a simple inversion that turns out to be a real game changer. Rather than validating what has been developed at the end of the development process, ATDD actively pilots the project from the start.

Who It’s For

Behave for Jira is for

  • Product owners to define requirements early in the development cycle and attach them to user stories, which is critical to establishing the real requirements in the product and responding to customer demands.
  • Developers, who can use Gherkin to define tests and automate them with Cucumber, speeding up the development process by clarifying requirements and ensuring that written code has the functionality customers want.
  • Testers, who can read tests in natural language and understand the entire context of the code, and can track any broken functionality up to the scenario level.

How It Works

The Behave for Jira add-on works by adding an “Acceptance Tests” field to Jira issues. When users click the “add” icon in the acceptance test section, they are given a window where they can add acceptance tests to the issue–these scenarios are then grouped into features. Once users create scenarios and add them to features (which can be linked to multiple Jira issues), they can use Gherkin to define the steps of the scenario. Once step definitions are in place in Jira, users configure Maven and Cucumber. Then, when [cc lang=’bash’ line_numbers=’false’]mvn verify[/cc] is run, Maven extracts the acceptance tests from Jira and they are run by Cucumber. It’s also possible to run the tests manually.

The X Factor

Atlassian Bamboo and the Cucumber Report Plugin make Behave for Jira even more powerful. This plugin allows Bamboo to pull in reports from Cucumber about passing and failing Cucumber features and basic statistics.

Behave for Jira is available at 50% off regular prices while in public beta. Hindsight Software, the team behind Behave for Jira, are committed followers of ATDD and are continuing to iterate and build Behave for Jira into a highly powerful testing tool.

Image Slider for Confluence

Image Slider for Confluence adds a simple but awesome functionality to Confluence. The macro displays all the image attachments to the page in a beautiful image slider. It goes beyond just the images on a page though–it can collect images from multiple pages, spaces, or blog posts by including a label on those images. It has four different transition effects to choose from and will use the attachment comments as captions for the images. It’s a simple but powerful plugin that can help make Confluence more beautiful and more user-friendly to external users.

Since we last spoke…

A few new add-ons have been added to the Marketplace recently. Check these posts each week to see if there’s something new that will work for your organization, then get an evaluation version from the Marketplace or straight from the Universal Plugin Manager in Jira, Confluence, or our developer tools.

  • Mark issue attachments with predefined labels using the Mark Attachments plugin by Intenso
  • Administer Jira users and groups more easily with the Zones Plugin for Jira from Celix
  • Confluence feeling a little laggy? Cache slow-loading content with the Cache Plugin for Confluence from Bob Swift Software
  • The PopView Tooltip Plugin from AppFusions allows you to add custom tooltips when someone hovers over a Confluence page link
  • Enhance Jira’s issue cloning powers with the Clone Plus Plugin for Jira from Bob Swift Software
  • Get all your filters under control with the awesome icfilters plugin from Interconcept GmbH
  • The Conditions Validator plugin for Jira solves a common problem: you can’t figure out why a specific action isn’t available for an issue. This plugin from Intenso shows all the conditions required for actions and whether or not an issue meets those criteria.

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