Meet the newest Atlassian product. Hello, IRKD.

The last few months have seen a blitzkrieg of announcements from Atlassian HQ. We released JIRA 5 with a new REST API, acquired HipChat, a collaboration service for group chat, and launched Bamboo 4, our continuous integration and deployment server with more features for DVCS users. But the biggest news we saved for today - a brand new product. Yup, the company that knows a thing or two about issue tracking is raising the stakes with an issue tracker for everything. Introducing IRKD, the first

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European AtlasCampers Unite

I just arrived home from another awesome AtlasCamp, our annual  gathering for developers, add-on vendors, and interested customers. AtlasCamp was a bit different this year. For the first time around we hosted camp in a European city -- Weisbaden, Germany. It turned out to be the best and biggest AtlasCamp we've had yet! We had over 150 Atlassian attendees from all over Europe. As with the last AtlasCamp, I leave exhausted, relieved, excited, amazed, and highly energized for the future of Atlassian's

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Funky Tidbits for Technical Writers

This is the fourth post in a month-long series centred around Sarah Maddox's new book: Confluence, tech comm, chocolate: A wiki as platform extraordinaire for technical communication, published by XML Press.The book is choc-a-bloc full of tips from a technical communicator who has spent the last four years on Confluence. Learn how to harness the wiki's social and collaborative features, turning technical documentation into true communication. Discover how technical communicators can drive the ongoing

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Markdown Support For JIRA

Do you like Markdown?  Do you wish you could use it when reporting bugs in JIRA? Well good news everybody.  There is now an open source plugin for JIRA that gives you first class Markdown support. Its based on the excellent PageDown library that forms the basis of StackOverflow's markdown support.  One of the things I really loved about the PageDown code was that you could get a live client side preview of the rendered text as you typed. There are two components that are provided by this

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The release of Confluence 4.2 is not far away now, and it's shaping up to be a doozy! We've just published a beta of Confluence 4.2, so be sure to download it and check out the release notes to see the upcoming features we'll be shipping. More importantly, our betas and release candidates are a great opportunity to ensure your plugins will be ready to rock when the final version of Confluence 4.2 is shipped. Quick Comments changes Editor Initialisation One of the big improvements we're shipping

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Git vs Mercurial: Why Git?

This is a guest blog post by Charles O'Farrell, a developer at Atlassian, that will focus on the reasons a team may choose Git as their DVCS of choice. Charles is focused on coding in any DVCS and has spent some time switching users over from ClearCase to Git. In our previous blog we explored why teams may choose Mercurial as their distributed version control system of choice. Now let's explore why Git is a strong option as your distributed version control system (DVCS). Since the dawn of time

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