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From Version 1.8.11 onwards, Provar supports integration with Jira. This allows you to monitor, add and update JIRA issues while remaining in your integrated development environment. This is achieved through the standard Atlassian Connector for Eclipse. Refer to Working with JIRA Issues in Eclipse for more information.
Adding the JIRA plugin
When using the Jira plugin for the first time, or after updating to a new version of Provar, the plugin must be enabled in your Provar instance.
First ensure you are running Provar as an administrator.
In Windows this is done by right-clicking on provar.exe and selecting ‘Run as administrator’:
On a Mac this is done by opening the Terminal, running sudo /Applications/Provar.app/Contents/MacOS/provar then entering the Admin password:
Then go to the toolbar in Provar and click Help > Add/Remove Features:
Tick the checkbox against the JIRA plugin:
Then click the ‘Install’ button.
The following dialog box will appear:
Click ‘OK’. The plugin options will become available for use after a restart.
After the tool has been restarted, verify that the Task List view has appeared as a tab next to the Org Browser.
If Task List does not appear automatically, click the ‘View’ icon in the top-right corner of Provar Desktop to select it:
Adding a JIRA repository
Take the following steps to add a JIRA Repository. Refer to Configuring your JIRA Server for more information on these steps.
Step 1: From Provar Desktop, navigate to the Task List view next to the Org Browser.
Step 2: Click ‘New Task’ dropdown and select Add Repository…:
Step 3: On the following screen, select the JIRA task repository type:
Then click the ‘Next’ button.
Step 4: On the screen which follows, enter a password for the secure storage:
Then click the ‘OK’ button and provide a password hint if wanted.
Step 5: The following screen will appear:
Enter the information as follows:
- Server: The location (URL) of your JIRA server
- Label: A descriptive name for your JIRA server, e.g. ‘JAC’
- Disconnected: If necessary, you can tick this checkbox to disable a particular server without deleting it. This is useful if your servers are behind a firewall and you do not have access to them at a particular point in time
- User ID: The username to connect to your JIRA server
- Password: The password which is associated with the above username
- Save Password: Tick this checkbox if you want to save your password on disk. Leave the checkbox unticked to be prompted for a password every time you start your IDE
Also tick the checkbox ‘Follow Redirect’ under Additional Settings.
Step 6: Click the ‘Validate Settings’ button to verify that the connection details entered are correct.
If successful, the message ‘Authentication Credentials are valid’ will appear at the top of the screen.
Then click the ‘Finish‘ button.
Step 7: The following screen will appear, offering to add a query:
Click the ‘Yes’ button.
Adding a query
Take the following steps to add a new or existing query. Refer to Working with JIRA Issues in Eclipse for more information on these steps.
Step 1: After following the steps above, the following screen will appear:
To reuse an existing query, select the radio buttons ‘Use saved favorite filter’ or ‘Predefined filter’.
Alternatively, to create a new query, leave selected the default option ‘Create query using form’.
Then click the ‘Next’ button.
Step 2: Wait for Provar to synchronize the repository configuration. This may take a few minutes. (If wanted, select ‘Run in Background’ to continue using Provar in the meantime.)
Step 3: Once the ‘Edit Repository Query’ window displays, enter a Query Title:
Then specify search parameters. It is recommended to specify some parameters to limit query results to a manageable number, e.g. ‘Reported By’ = ‘Current User’ and Status = ‘Ready for QA’.
Finally, click the ‘Finish’ button to add the query to the Task List.
Creating a new issue
Follow these steps to create a new issue from within Provar.
Step 1: From the Task List view, click the ‘New Task’ icon on the toolbar:
Step 2: In screen which follows, select your repository (e.g. JIRA) and then click ‘Next’.
Step 3: Select the relevant project from the list, then click ‘Finish’.
Step 4: In the New Task screen, enter the issue details, then click ‘Submit’:
Viewing an issue
Step 1: Navigate to the Task List view. Click on a query to view the issues underneath:
Double-click on any issue to open the Task Editor in the centre view of Provar Desktop: