Make It Workflow — Part 11: Updating Batches of Issues

I’m happy to announce that after almost a year-long break I’m back with the “Make It Workflow” series. Back then, we published a whole load of posts dedicated to talking you through various YouTrack usage scenarios and how to set up the workflows for them. Through this series so far, we’ve covered topics such as restricting issue visibility, generating time reports, and enhancing mailbox integration. You are welcome to check out the “Make it Workflow” series if you haven’t done so already.

We are reviving Make it Workflow today with our next installment in the series: updating issues. You may be wondering why this topic in particular? After all, it is part of the core functionality of the workflows, and we have discussed it already many, many times before. This post though is going to be a little bit different, today we are all about scaling the process and altering many issues at once.

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State of YouTrack Workflow APIs

Some time ago we wrote that support for legacy workflows would cease in YouTrack 2019.1.

By “legacy” workflows we mean those written in the old Workflow Editor, which was an external application discontinued in version 2018.3.

We see that some of our customers are still using these legacy workflows. According to our feature usage statistics, almost 6.5% of YouTrack InCloud instances have one or more legacy workflows enabled. We’ve decided to keep them afloat for another 6 months, meaning that these workflows will stop working as of version 2019.3.

That said, we strongly encourage you to upgrade your legacy workflows as soon as possible. Not only is the old editor unavailable (meaning that you can’t change anything in your old rules), but the new API is also way more powerful and convenient. Some new features are unsupported in the old API; for example, you can’t implement action rules there.

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Discontinuing Support for Internet Explorer 11

Dear users,

We need to inform you that we are discontinuing support for Internet Explorer 11 starting from YouTrack 2019.2.

If you are IE 11 user, we recommend that you switch to another supported browser. YouTrack 2019.2 is approximately planned for release in August 2019, and you will be informed again about this a month before the actual release.

What does this mean?

Starting with YouTrack 2019.2, we will no longer guarantee the stability of YouTrack functionality in IE 11 and will no longer fix bugs that appear only in IE 11.

Why are we doing this?

A while ago Microsoft announced the Edge browser as their replacement for IE. Since this announcement, IE has not seen many updates, neither in terms of functionality nor from a security point of view. Based on YouTrack internal analytics, fewer than 1% of our customers are using IE 11, so we have decided to put our efforts into supporting other browsers (Google Chrome, Safari, MS Edge, etc.).

What do you need to do?

If you are using IE 11, please switch to one of the other supported browsers before the YouTrack 2019.2 release.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or difficulties – we are here to help!

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What’s next: YouTrack Q1 & Q2 Roadmap

Hi everyone!

Last year we released 4 major versions of YouTrack, and delivered features that will help you be more productive, organized, and make your work process smoother. 2019 is here and we are very happy to share with you our plans for the first half of the year. Since we are all following agile practices, remember the plans may change.

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Xodus-DNQ: What is it?

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Some time ago, JetBrains released and open-sourced the Xodus-DNQ project. Xodus-DNQ is a Kotlin library that contains a data definition language and queries for Xodus. Xodus is a transactional, schema-less, embedded database that is written in Java and is also developed by JetBrains. Its first release was in July, 2016.

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Important Security Notice – Vulnerability allowing permission escalation

Please note that if you are a YouTrack InCloud customer, or a commercial customer of YouTrack Standalone, you should have already received an email from us in the middle of December. No further action is required if have already seen this email.

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5 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Dashboard

Whether you work on multiple projects or just one, it becomes a major problem to find a good way to track everything in one place. YouTrack gives you an overview of your projects, boards, and all your personal activities. Currently, your dashboard supports 4 default widgets and a bunch of custom widgets created by the community.

Today I’ll give you some tips on how to get the most out of the YouTrack dashboard. In this blog post, I’ll try to cover useful widgets to track your personal activities, but that is not to say that some of these tips might not also be useful for any agile team.

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Welcome to YouTrack 2018.4

Please welcome YouTrack 2018.4!

This is the last release for 2018 and it brings a number of features and improvements.

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Action Required: YouTrack App for Slack

Our first version of the YouTrack App for Slack uses a workspace token. This is an advanced authorization method that Slack has decided not to support in the future. As a result, we rebuilt the app to use the standard user and bot tokens.

If you’ve already installed the YouTrack App, your workspace token expires on January 15, 2019, and will not be renewed.

To continue to use the features that are supported by this integration, you need to install our new app. This doesn’t replace the old app. Instead, this adds a new app to your workspace. Once you have migrated to the new app, you can safely uninstall the old one. However, the notifications that were sent by the old app do not migrate to the new app and will be lost.

We will release the new version of the YouTrack App for Slack tomorrow, December 13, 2018. The new app automatically generates a direct message to the user who installed the old YouTrack App in your Slack workspace. The notification will look something like this:

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Simply click the link in the message to install the new app.

If the user who installed the old app isn’t around anymore, a YouTrack administrator can install the new version from the Global Settings page in YouTrack. For instructions, refer to the documentation.

When you install the new app, an authorization token is automatically generated for your account. Other users will be asked to authorize the new app when they post an issue link to any channel.

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All other settings (like notifications or disabling link previews) are preserved. Users don’t have to re-enable these features after they authorize the new app.

To make the migration as smooth as possible, we recommend that you share this information with your YouTrack users before you migrate to the new version of the app.

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Case Study: How YouTrack is used by Ubiquiti Networks

Hi everyone!

Today we are happy to share with you how YouTrack is used by Ubiquiti Networks, a company that manufactures networking devices such as wireless access points, routers, and switches. One of their most famous products is a wireless system called UniFi.

Around 1000 people work across all of Ubiquiti’s offices around the world. We were happy to have a Q&A session with Vlad Vyskocil, a software architect at Ubiquiti.

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