Bugzilla Releases Version 5.0, Updates API

BugzillaTrack this API, a bug tracking and reporting system, has announced the release of Bugzilla 5.0. It marks the first update in more than two years and comes with significant changes from the previous version (4.4). The most significant changes include the WebServices API, bug comment tags and membership checks. With the 5.0 release, Bugzilla has officially announced the end of life for the Bugzilla 4.0 series.

The WebServices API now includes a REST-like endpoint. The new endpoint allows users to access Bugzilla data with HTTP calls. For the time being, the new endpoint exists alongside the existing XML-RPC and JSON-RPC endpoints. The XML-RPC and JSON-RPC endpoints have now been deprecated, but Bugzilla anticipates continued support for the older endpoints until the release of Bugzilla 7.0. Further improvements to the API include an API key. With the key, API calls no longer require cookie use or logins and passwords. Additional methods include Group.get and Bug.search.

In addition to the API improvements, users can now add tags to bug comments. Tags help facilitate thread conversations, spam identification, flag important comments and more. Users can hide comments with specific tags, and frequently used tags can be selected with the autocompletion feature. Another automatic feature surrounding tags is the ability for administrators to hide certain tagged comments by default.

Further, Bugzilla has improved bug group membership checking. Before the 5.0 release, Bugzilla "ANDed" groups together, meaning bugs could be viewed only by users who were members of all groups where the bug existed. In 5.0, Bugzilla has "ORed" groups together, meaning a bug can be viewed by everyone who is a member of any group where the bug exists. While the "ORed" method exists as the default; users who desire the "ANDed" method can elect to use that.

With the new release, Bugzilla has completely rewritten the standard docs. The new docs were written in a reStructuredText format. Bugzilla finds that the format should allow simple hosting at popular sites (e.g,. ReadTheDocs.org) and is easily converted to alternative formats (e.g., HTML, PDF). Additionally, Bugzilla added a new section dedicated to the REST WebService API.

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