I was excited to learn about Forge and wanted to try it out. This was my warmup project, and I thought I would open-source it to help others learn.
What it does
The app adds a panel to Jira issues where you can add, remove and toggle tasks. Basic concurrency is supported: multiple users can edit the checklist without overwriting each others' changes.
How I built it
Challenges I ran into
I quickly found that the current Forge UI capabilities are very limited. I was going to use the Checkbox component in checklist items, but that component doesn't support an
onChange handler, so I had to resort to using a Button component with an emoji to represent the checked state. There are also scarce layout capabilities: the only way to display several components on one line is to use a Table, which is what I went with. Column width isn't customizable, so there's some wasted white space. I deciced to leave out reodering and editing of tasks because there wasn't an elegant way to implement it with the patform's capabilities.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I was able to build and deploy a fully functional app in a very short period of time!
What I learned
I learned how Forge works and the platform's current capabilities. Despite being in early stages and having some limitations, you can already implement a lot of things with it. I'm currently working on a larger app.
What's next for Simple Checklists For Jira
I'm happy to share the app's source code as educational material. I plan on improving it as new features land in Forge. I also plan on recording a series of educational screencasts on building this app from scratch.