We work for a company that uses both Confluence Cloud and Workplace by Facebook. Whenever a particularly important announcement or policy is created, it is often shared in both platforms. This means that the authors must spend time and effort to publish the same content twice. And the more frustrating part is that user comments are spread between 2 places and not synced with each other, so the visibility of comments and questions asked by other users is much less. This app will make sharing any important announcement, or information much easier.
What it does
Workplace Confluence Connector allows Confluence space admins to map their spaces to dedicated Workplace Groups. Then, whenever content in the space needs to be shared to Workplace, clicking a content action converts the content to markdown and posts it to the target Workplace group. Moreover, any comments that are added to the page are automatically synced with the Workplace post so that no update or discussion is missed.
How I built it
We used Atlassian's new Cloud development platform called "Forge".
Challenges I ran into
There were some challenges associated with using Forge in its beta such as:
- Limitations around web triggers and handling of query params.
- Given the sandboxed nature of Forge, React or arbitrary HTML can't be used in the Forge app. We had to rely on a somewhat small (albeit rapidly growing) component library.
- Frequently released breaking changes.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We are proud to have created one of the first integration apps for Confluence and Workplace.
What I learned
- How to use a completely new development platform for Atlassian Cloud apps.
- Better understanding of Workplace APIs.
What's next for Workplace Confluence Connector
This app is a prototype and was just built for this hackathon. There are a lot of ideas that we want to implement in the app to give its users more options and flexibility such as:
- Sending messages to Workchat conversations from Confluence.
- Convert Workplace posts to Confluence pages.