Bamboo Java Specs

We've written down some details about how configuration as a code in Java works in Bamboo.

Bamboo uses high-level language for configuration

YAML can get the job done when you want to define your plan quickly but we know that enterprise users sometimes need something much more powerful. That's why we decided to pick Java as the default language for creating Bamboo Specs.

When using Java, you get the following features:

  • syntax checking and highlighting while editing
  • code autocompletion - IDE "knows" what is available (whereas a YAML file is just text)
  • code refactoring
  • code analysis - IDE helps you find usages of a given method or object
  • code validation by the compiler - you can easily spot any spelling mistakes
  • offline and online code validation by the Bamboo Specs runner
  • API versioning and deprecation (via JavaDoc's '@since' and '@deprecated' tags)
  • language features such as loops, modularisation, libraries, etc.

Bamboo allows you to write configuration as code in a language of your choice

The Bamboo Specs library, which provides an API to write configuration as code, has been written in Java. Thus the most natural is to use Java to write the configuration as well and this is a language that Atlassian will officially support for Bamboo Specs.

However, if you are familiar with another JVM language and have experience with how to integrate it with Java classes, you can use any language of your choice. Good examples are Groovy, Scala, and Kotlin (we performed smoke tests with Groovy and Kotlin and they worked fine).

We also provide a Spec Runner Maven plugin, which eases the deployment of plans.

For more information, see Bamboo Specs reference.

Last modified on Mar 29, 2023


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