YouTrack 2017.3 is released!

Please welcome YouTrack 2017.3!

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YouTrack 2017.3 introduces workflows in JavaScript, personal board template, improved Kanban support and other enhancements.

New Features

  • Workflows in JavaScript
  • Improved Kanban support
  • Personal board templates
  • Project-based swimlanes
  • Authentication throttling

Enhancements

  • Advanced visibility option
  • Time report improvements
  • General report improvements
  • OAuth 2.0 Presets for GitLab and Bitbucket Cloud
  • Zendesk Integration Improvements

Experimental features

  • Custom widgets

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YouTrackSharp 3.0 beta – A .NET Standard Client for YouTrack

YouTrackSharpPlease welcome a brand new (preview) version of YouTrackSharp – a .NET library to work with the YouTrack REST API. It’s a complete rewrite from the previous version, since a lot of things in the .NET world have changed.

First of all, YouTrackSharp now targets  .NET Standard 1.3, which means it can now be used with pretty much any .NET platform, including .NET Framework 4.6, .NET Core, Mono, Xamarin, and UWP. We wanted to make sure many different applications could be developed with YouTrackSharp, on many platforms.

Another benefit of being on this new stack is we were able to make YouTrackSharp async all the way. And we were able to tackle some other things, too, like handling serialization of YouTrack’s timestamps into DateTime where possible. Let’s have a look! Continue reading

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Live Webinar: Introduction to JavaScript Workflows in YouTrack 2017.3

YouTrack 2017.3 is just around the corner! In this version we are introducing a brand new JavaScript Workflows along with a built-in editor.

Join us for a free live webinar on Wednesday, August 16th 16:00 – 17:00 CEST (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT) to see the power of new workflows in action. The session will be powered by YouTrack team members, the best experts in this topic.

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This live session introduces you to two major changes for workflows in YouTrack:

  • Working with the built-in workflow editor
  • Writing workflows in JavaScript

Scott and Mariya will walk you through the new editor, show you how to work with action rules and scripts, and share real-life use cases. We’ll also call out key changes to the workflow API and show you how to use webhooks to build your own integrations.

Book your seat now, space is limited!

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YouTrack InCloud Discontinues HTTP Support

We at JetBrains care about the security of our customers’ data. It is extremely important that we keep it safe for you.
As you might know, YouTrack InCloud instances use the HTTPS protocol by default, but this wasn’t always the case. We also give you the option to disable HTTPS for your instance. To make YouTrack more secure, we have decided to discontinue support for HTTP connections.

Who is affected?
This change affects YouTrack InCloud instances where:

  • The instance was registered before December 2015 and is not configured to use HTTPS. Instances created after this date use HTTPS by default.
  • The HTTPS only setting has been manually disabled, allowing unsecured connections over HTTP. To verify this setting, check the Domain Settings page.
  • The instance uses a custom domain name and does not have a valid SSL certificate for the custom domain.
  • The instance accepts HTTP requests from external integrations that use the REST API.

What does it mean?
If you interact with YouTrack in your browser, you basically don’t have to do anything. You will be redirected to use an HTTPS connection automatically.

All of the instances that are hosted on the *.myjetbrains.com domain will switch to HTTPS.

If you have a custom domain set up for your instance, we will automatically generate a certificate signed by Let’s Encrypt for you. You will still be able to set up your own certificates, so no changes will be applied to certificates that were installed previously.

The only situation that requires action on your part is when you have external integrations that access data in YouTrack using the REST API over an unsecured connection. In this case, you need to update these integrations to use HTTPS. Otherwise, the connections are refused and the integration is broken.

When will it happen?
We plan to disable HTTP access in approximately one month. To ensure that your integrations work properly, make sure that all of your applications that use the YouTrack REST API are updated to use HTTPS before then.

Thank you for using YouTrack.
If you have any questions, please contact our support team.

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Optimize Development and Testing with the YouTrack Plugin for EasyQA

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Quality Assurance teams often use dedicated tools for testing. Your developers either don’t have access to these tools or are focused on the tasks in their issue tracker. As a result, your testing process can become disconnected from your development efforts.

The best way to solve this problem is to bring these two worlds together. Integrate your test management tool with your issue tracker to synchronize testing activity with your development process.

Why Integrate EasyQA and YouTrack?

EasyQA is a test management tool, which lets you create test plans, execute test cases, generate QA test reports, and track the activity of your QA team. EasyQA also has a built-in Kanban board for reporting and tracking bugs.

By integrating with YouTrack in EasyQA, your testers can easily report bugs that are discovered during testing while your developers can work to resolve these problems in the tool they use to track other types of issues.

When you install the YouTrack plugin that was developed by the EasyQA team, you can:

  • Associate the cards that are created in EasyQA with a single YouTrack project.
  • Create an issue in YouTrack when you add a card to the Kanban board in EasyQA.
  • Update issues in YouTrack when you edit a card in EasyQA. Updates are applied to changes for the issue summary, description, type, priority, and state.
  • If you update these issues in YouTrack, you can manually run reverse synchronization with EasyQA. The automatic synchronization process only works in one direction.

To install and configure the YouTrack plugin in EasyQA, follow these instructions.
We hope that using YouTrack and EasyQA brings your development and testing teams closer together. Each team can enjoy working with an application that best supports their process while maintaining a singular overview of the work in progress.

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Important Security Problem concerning Issue Visibility

Bug description
On Friday June 30th at 9:45 am CEST we were notified of a potential security problem in YouTrack that affects issue visibility in certain cases. Specifically, when the visibility of the issue was set by a workflow, it was possible that certain users that were not part of the group could access the issue during a search request. This issue only affected YouTrack version 2017.2.33634 and later.
We have already resolved the issue and a new download is available. All InCloud instances have been applied with the hotfix.

What actions you should take
If you are running YouTrack Standalone and have YouTrack version 2017.2.33634 or later Installed, please upgrade by downloading the latest version.

If for some reason you cannot upgrade to the latest version, there is a workaround that can be performed:
1. Locate all the workflows that set groups.
2. Find any line that sets the group in the following way:

issue.permittedGroup = someGroup

3. Replace the line with:

issue.applyCommand(“visible to “ + someGroup.name)

where someGroup is the name of your group.

4. Fix any existing issues by applying the command:

visible to someGroup
to them (you can do this by selecting them and doing a batch update).

If you need any further assistance, please contact our Support Engineers or simply respond to this email.

We sincerely apologise for the incident and rest assured we’re already putting in additional steps to prevent this in the future.

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Updated Storage Limits

Great news!
We have extended the storage limits for specific commercial plans.

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YouTrack InCloud commercial plans have been around for awhile. We thought this would be a good time to update some of them. The main idea behind subscription plans has not changed. Each plan supports a set number of users and is allocated a fixed amount of storage. However, we have decided to extend the storage for some of the plans.

Which plans are affected?

The 25 users plan with 10 GB is extended to 15 GB.
The 50 users plan with 15 GB is extended to 20 GB.
The 100 users plan with 20 GB is extended to 25 GB.

If you use any of these plans, your current storage limits have already been automatically updated.

Please visit the YouTrack Pricing page for more details. We hope that the extended storage will improve your issue tracking experience and will help you to share more files with your team.

Sincerely yours,
The YouTrack team

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Baking Boards — Episode 7: Version-based Boards

In this episode of Baking Boards, we show you how two very different teams at JetBrains use agile boards that synchronize sprints with the fix version of the product in development.

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Baking Boards – Episode 6: A Product Marketing Manager’s Personal Board

In this episode of Baking Boards, Andrey Cheptsov, the Product Marketing Manager for IntelliJ IDEA, shows you the personal board he uses to track all of the activity that is related to the promotion of this IDE.

Preparation

1. Create your board.
For easy configuration, use the Custom board template.
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When you create the board:
– Select the projects that you want to manage on the board. You can track issues in any project that you have the permission to view issues.
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-For the Backlog option, choose Create new. You won’t use it, but you need a backlog to create the board.

2. Define columns.
With the custom board template, you have to define your columns first.
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Switch to the Columns and Rows tab to set them up.
Andrey’s board uses values from the State field. He added all of the values in each project that that are not considered resolved. Basically, any state that isn’t Fixed or Done.
With this setup, issues are removed from the board as soon as they are resolved.
First, use the Add column drop-down to add each unresolved state to the board.
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Then, use the Merge with drop-down to merge all of these values into a single column.
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3. Define swimlanes.
As shown in the demo, Andrey defines swimlanes using a special value for the Type field his project. He assigns issues the Meta Issue type and only uses this type for swimlane issues.
First, you need to add a special value like this to the Type field in one of the projects that you manage on the board.
Then, configure your board to identify swimlanes by Issues from the Type field, then use the Add value drop-down to add the special value to the board configuration.
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That’s all there is to it! There are a lot of other settings that you can play around with to personalize your personal board, but they’re not used in this setup. Here are a few settings you can safely ignore:

  • Sprints — this board uses a single, unscheduled sprint. Issues are assigned manually to this sprint. Andrey adds cards to the board by linking issues as subtasks to issues that define swimlanes on the board.
  • Backlog — the backlog isn’t used at all, as each team prioritizes their issues differently.
  • Cards — with this setup, you rarely add issues to the board, so you don’t need to set default values for the issue type.
  • Charts — the chart options are not relevant to the board.

Secret Sauce

Andrey uses the YouTrack Tweaks extension for Chrome to enhance the visual appearance of the board. With this extension, he can:

  • Choose which custom fields are displayed on all cards.
  • Display values for custom fields with the card size set to S.
  • Hide the board footer.
  • Collapse swimlane titles to one line.
  • Switch to a color scheme that is similar to the Darcula theme in IntelliJ IDEA.

To achieve this look, he has enabled and configured the default Agile board card fields module and the Agile board layout module.
Here’s how you can do the same:

  1. Access the extension in the chrome web store.
  2. Add the extension to Chrome. For detailed instructions, see the doc.
  3. Enable and configure the modules that you want to apply to the board.

Here are the modules that Andrey enabled on his board, with instructions for configuring each module:

Default cards tweak
This is the Agile board card fields module that is enabled by default when you install the extension in Chrome.
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  1. Set the Prepend issue summary with issue id (S size only) to Yes.
    This shows the issue ID, even with the card size set to S.
  2. Use the Fields settings to add the fields you want to show on each card. Andrey added the Due Date, Start date, State, and Assignee fields.

Agile board layout
This module modifies the look and feel of the board. You can use the default configuration for this module.
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1. The Darcula mode option is Enabled.
2. The One line swimlane title option is Enabled.
3. The Sticky header is Visible.
4. The Sticky footer is Hidden.

When you’ve finished configuring the extension, your board should look something like this:
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If you look carefully, you’ll see that these teams use different color schemes for the State field in their projects. Don’t worry — there’s a fix for that as well!
1. Open the settings for the Default cards tweak module.
2. Click the Edit button for the State field setting.
3. Change the Use field colors option to Auto-generated colors.
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4. Click the Save and apply button.

Now, each value in the State field is assigned a unique color, no matter which project the issue belongs to.
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Ready to try this board for your tasks? Get YouTrack and bake your board with pleasure!

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YouTrack 2017.2 bug fix is here (build 33063)

Please welcome a fresh bug fix for YouTrack 2017.2 (build 33063).

This update brings a number of fixes and improvements for the Agile Board, among those are:

JT-41378 – Board is spontaneously reloaded from time to time.
JT-41387 – Can’t edit a sprint.

The update also brings usability and performance fixes. For more details, please refer to the Release Notes.

Download YouTrack 2017.2.33063 and enjoy the latest version today.

If you use YouTrack 2017.2 InCloud, your instance will be upgraded according to our Maintenance Calendar.

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