Thursday, April 30, 2009

Editing a wiki page and then it hit me...

I've had a wiki page on Atlassian's Confluence instance for some time now but it has been very bare. I get a lot of referrals through that page so I thought I should spice it up a bit.

You can visit the new page here. For comparison, the original page is here.

The surprising thing is that as I was writing up the copy for the page, I realized how many people Worklog Assistant is affecting these days. I had set a few quantifiable goals for the first year of Worklog Assistant and I'm totally surprised to have met and surpassed all of them in 3 months since the official release.

Thank you for trusting in me and most of all, providing honest feedback. I am really excited about the future of Worklog Assistant and it is great to have you along!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

New release (1.0.1078)

A new release is available. It includes some bug fixes and a couple of new features.

One is a little message balloon to remind the user to track time. By default, the balloon pops up every 15 minutes but this can be changed in the configuration dialog. You can ignore the balloon or click it if you want to bring up Worklog Assistant and switch the JIRA task you are working on. An example of the message is below:

The second feature is the ability to do a free text search on a filter's results. If you wanted to quickly look at all your issues that were assigned to the "Core" component without creating a new filter, you would select the filter of all issues assigned to you and type in "Core" into the quick filter text box. An example screenshot is below:
That's all for now. Have a good week and happy time tracking!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

New release (1.0.1075)

I've uploaded a new release available here. The only difference between this and the last release is a change to the preferred deployment mechanism for Worklog Assistant in an enterprise. The previous instructions will still apply, but are not preferred.

If you are curious, please visit the deployment guide for Worklog Assistant.

Thanks and have a good week!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New release (1.0.1074)

A new release of Worklog Assistant is available. I'm tempted to call this the "Ugly Betty" release because the UI has been completely redone to better support expectations. However, that would be a disservice because there are many changes that have gone into this release.

The release also contains a feature which allows you to specify the visibility to use when submitting worklogs. Sometimes, you only want to restrict visibility to a certain project role. Of course, JIRA lets you do this but it is supremely annoying because you have to manually remember to set it every single time you submit a worklog. Well, with Worklog Assistant, now you just set it once in the configuration dialog and forget about it! See the screenshot below for an example:

Last but not least, there have been some performance improvements made on the JIRA plugin. If you are using our JIRA plugin for Worklog Assistant and are experiencing performance issues, please update to the latest plugin. This should fix your issues.

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or issues, let me know.

Happy time tracking and have a good week!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

New beta

I've uploaded a new beta:
There are a bunch of fixes for some minor issues a well as some fixes for potentially major issues.

One new feature is the ability to restrict who can view the worklogs in JIRA by project role. So, for example, if you wanted to prevent the Customer role from viewing the specific worklog entries, you can always submit worklogs so they are only visible to Developers. That is pretty cool, now that I think about it! Note that JIRA still aggregates the worklogs so you cannot completely prevent others from seeing the progress.

I will make a stable release with these features next week. Please let me know if you have any issues with this beta and I will do my best to solve the problems as soon as possible.

Have a good week!

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