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Category Archives: Atlassian Bamboo

5 Add-ons to Extend Your Atlassian Dev Tools – Fourth Quarter 2016

Today’s post is closing our overview of the best products appeared on the Atlassian Marketplace during the 4th quarter of 2016. We’ve already shared our selections of top new add-ons for Confluence and JIRA. Now let’s take a look at 5 new plugins for Atlassian Dev Tools, Bitbucket and Bamboo, that we liked the most.

Top 5 new add-ons for Bitbucket and Bamboo released in October-December 2016:

Keep reading to learn about these tools and pick the ones you want to try.

Craving for more? Check out our posts for the firstsecond and third quarters. Continue reading

Case Study: How Nuance takes advantage of Virtual Agents

Great plugin, we use it to revert our agents to a clean snapshot. Works fine, and many thanks to the StiltSoft team for the fast help and support.

Siegmar Marseiler

Nuance Communications International

Nuance is the provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Nuance technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses, experience Nuance by calling directory assistance, getting account information, dictating patient records, telling a navigation system their destination, or digitally reproducing documents that can be shared and searched. Making each of those experiences productive and compelling.

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Top 5 New Add-ons for Atlassian Dev Tools – Third Quarter 2016

Earlier this month we’ve told you about the best new add-ons of 3Q 2016 for JIRA and Confluence. Have you already tried some of them? Today’s Top 5, last but not least, highlights new add-ons for Atlassian DevTools (Bitbucket and Bamboo) for July-September 2016. Wondering what else interesting has come out for development teams this year? Check out our posts for the first and second quarters.

From about 40 new add-ons for Bitbucket and Bamboo we choose five that we liked the most:

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Top 5 New Add-ons for Atlassian Dev Tools – Second Quarter 2016

While the best of the best are fighting to be named top Olympic athletes, 5 new products for Atlassian Bitbucket and Bamboo already made it into the top list – our top 5 new add-ons for Atlassian Dev Tools for the 2nd quarter of 2016. If you missed out on earlier articles in this series, check out posts for 1Q 20152Q 20153Q 20154Q 2015 and 1Q 2016.

In April-June the Marketplace got 31 new add-ons for Bitbucket and 17 new plugins for Bamboo. From this variety of new products we selected 5 that, as we believe, will be the most useful and interesting solutions for our readers:

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Top 5 New Add-ons for Atlassian Dev Tools – First Quarter 2016

As usual, our team keeps track of what’s new on the Marketplace for Atlassian Dev Tools and every quarter shares the selection of top 5 new add-ons. If you haven’t read earlier posts in this series, you can take a look at:

Top 5 New Add-ons for Atlassian Stash – First Quarter 2015

Top 5 New Add-ons for Atlassian Stash – Second Quarter 2015

Top 5 New Add-ons for Atlassian Dev Tools – Third Quarter 2015

Top 5 New Add-ons for Atlassian Bitbucket – Fourth Quarter 2015

So let’s see what new plugins Bitbucket and Bamboo users can try to add even more value and functionality to their code management and continuous integration platforms. From 9 new add-ons for Bitbucket and 17 new add-ons for Bamboo that appeared on the Marketplace in January-March 2016 we thought the following 5 would be the most useful for our readers:

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Sponsored Development: Virtual Agents for Bamboo Enhancement

The contact with StiltSoft was a pleasure, I was very surprised that they started to work on this extension without my final go, but I really appreciate it. They made it for me very easy to get all approvals done, showing a fully working system.

F.Z., Sr Development Engineer

Release of Virtual Agents for Bamboo 2.2.0 has been coordinated with Gemalto’s Software Monetization (SM) business unit – the market leading provider of software licensing and entitlement management solutions for on-premise, embedded and cloud-based software vendors. The Gemalto SM unit extensively use their own continuous integration server, but recently decided to migrate to Bamboo. The SM unit develops different software applications, so for them it is very critical to test them in different environments and see the behavior of software in different conditions and under various circumstances. The company plan to use Bamboo for deployment of builds to remote virtual machines and their further testing in the specific environment.

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This became possible with Virtual Agents add-on that allows you to start remote virtual machines with build agents from Bamboo. Our customer uses the virtual machines for running acceptance tests and during the testing a lot of modifications are performed that may result in critical errors or bluescreens. To avoid such situation while performing deployment and running acceptance tests, they needed an option that was missing in our add-on.

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Unleash Power of Virtual Agents for Bamboo

Have you ever thought of how to benefit from remote agents on virtual machines and Bamboo? Without any input of yours? Without monitoring availability of a specific agent on the dedicated virtual machine?

We decided to make your dreams come true. We are happy to announce that a new version of VMware Add-on for Bamboo has been released. It has changed its name for Virtual Agents for Bamboo. Besides name change, its functionality has been significantly expanded and enhanced. It is no longer a tool for only starting or stopping virtual machines, the add-on has grown up and is offering many more capabilities than ever before.

So what benefits does it offer? Everyone knows that Bamboo offers a limited license for remote agents, which are also quite expensive. So it becomes a big deal when you need dozens of agents with specific environment. Here come virtual machines, but you need all the time to start and stop them, continuously monitor the queued tasks and be very nervous just not to miss start of the appropriate virtual machine with the agent.

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All these problems can be quickly and easily resolved with Virtual Agents for Bamboo. You need only once to configure the agent on the virtual machine and then create a mapping between agent and virtual machine in Bamboo, and that’s it. The add-on monitors the queue of Bamboo tasks, and automatically matches the agent to the pending task.

Then it starts the corresponding virtual machine where the build or deployment task is executed. Afterwards the add-on verifies that there are no other tasks that can be executed by the agent on the running virtual machine. Then the virtual machine is stopped so it frees the agent slot for another agent on the virtual machine that matches the next task in the queue.

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So Virtual Agents for Bamboo can minimize your routine tasks and boost your productivity in releasing or deploying your software projects in multiple environments.

Additionally, you get updated tasks to set wait time before performing tasks on the virtual machine or to perform hard or soft shutdown of the running virtual machine. This makes the add-on quite a good assistant for any administrator and can save a plenty of time on boring and time-wasting tasks.

The add-on is available on the Atlassian Marketplace. So don’t wait. Install it and start using!