Excellent, thanks for the help Robert.

On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM, Robert Munteanu <robert.munteanu@gmail.com> wrote:
Then it should be possible to expose separate SOAP methods which will

- lookup time tracking data by user id/issue id
- create/edit/delete individual time tracking data

The most straightforward way of doing this would be to use the nusoap
library, like the rest of Mantis. Have a look at /api/soap/ in the
mantisbt repository ( mantisconnect.php is the entry point ) and let
me know of any questions you might have.

Robert

On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 6:40 PM, Michael Baker <mykbaker@gmail.com> wrote:
> No, they are stored in the mantis_plugin_TimeTracking_data_table. They link
> to the rest of the data through the issue id and the user id.
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 9:34 AM, Robert Munteanu <robert.munteanu@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>
>> Are these entries stored as bug notes or different objects?
>>
>> On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 6:26 PM, Michael Baker <mykbaker@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > I'd like to be able to add/edit/delete records from the timetracking
>> > plugin
>> > table through the API. It would probably be good to be able to get a
>> > list of
>> > time entries for a given issue as well. My end goal is to enhance the
>> > Rachota time tracker or create a netbeans plugin to manage time entries
>> > for
>> > Mantis.
>> >
>> >
>> > On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 4:37 AM, Robert Munteanu
>> > <robert.munteanu@gmail.com>
>> > wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Mike, what are the operations you look to expose through the SOAP API?
>> >> I've written a longer reply below, which I'll keep for context, but
>> >> depending on your needs we might get away with a much simpler
>> >> implementation.
>> >>
>> >> Victor, I mostly agree with your analysis , and I think that the
>> >> timetracking plugin might be a good candidate to enhance the SOAP API
>> >> with plugin-provided properties and methods.
>> >>
>> >> Context: I believe that (1) allowing plugins to expose their own
>> >> methods and data types is the simplest way to achieve our goals. We
>> >> could also allow the plugins to (2) contribute field declarations
>> >> using a mechanism similar to the custom fields.
>> >>
>> >> There is one drawback to (1) though, which I will illustrate below.
>> >>
>> >> For instance, assume we have a 'sign-off' plugin which requires a user
>> >> with an access level of manager or higher for a project to fill in a
>> >> 'Sign-Off' field before an issue is closed.
>> >>
>> >> If we choose (1)  we lose the opportunity to validate this data. The
>> >> client has no way of sending the 'Sign-Off' field with the issue using
>> >> the current APIs, so we should not validate it. This places the burden
>> >> on the client to call additional methods and creates a large risk of
>> >> storing inconsistent data.
>> >>
>> >> If we choose (2)  we will require (a) the plugins to expose the data
>> >> in a declarative manner, similar to how custom fields are contributed
>> >> and (b) the SOAP API (or the core API?) to perform validation on
>> >> behalf of the plugins in a output-independent way ( i.e. no HTML ).
>> >>
>> >> To make our options even more interesting, (1) and (2) are not
>> >> mutually exclusive, and such a combination will probably the best way
>> >> for complex plugins.
>> >>
>> >> On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 12:24 AM, Victor Boctor
>> >> <victor@futureware.com.au> wrote:
>> >> > Looking at the discussions / wiki, here are my thoughts:
>> >> >
>> >> > 1. Use the capabilities model suggested in the wiki - this provides
>> >> > the
>> >> > MantisBT core and plugins and with the version for each.
>> >> >
>> >> > 2. Allow plugins to define their own data types and methods.
>> >> >
>> >> > 3. Optimization: we can consider adding a property bag to methods
>> >> > that
>> >> > return projects, issues, notes, to allow plugins to bundle their own
>> >> > fields,
>> >> > e.g. timetracking_blah1, timetracking_blah2.  This can be achieved
>> >> > via 1
>> >> > +
>> >> > 2, but it provides a less chatty approach.
>> >> >
>> >> > On Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 2:12 PM, Michael Baker <mykbaker@gmail.com>
>> >> > wrote:
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Months later I am back on this same topic again. I am considering
>> >> >> this
>> >> >> in
>> >> >> relation to the timetracking plugin and would like to be able to
>> >> >> submit
>> >> >> dates and times through the API to be submitted into the plugin's
>> >> >> table. Has
>> >> >> any progress been made in this area?
>> >> >>
>> >> >> I don't know a lot about the standards involved in using SOAP, but
>> >> >> should
>> >> >> the plugins provide their own separate interface? Maybe the main
>> >> >> interface
>> >> >> could have an option to list out the available plugins and then the
>> >> >> user
>> >> >> could query that plugin for it's custom interface?
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Mike
>> >> >>
>> >> >>
>> >> >> On Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 5:16 AM, Robert Munteanu
>> >> >> <robert.munteanu@gmail.com> wrote:
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>> On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 7:28 PM, Michael Baker <mykbaker@gmail.com>
>> >> >>> wrote:
>> >> >>> > Is it possible for plugins to hook into and pass information
>> >> >>> > through
>> >> >>> > the API
>> >> >>> > as well?
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>> Hi,
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>> There is no mechanism for this yet. I've tried to sum up our
>> >> >>> discussion
>> >> >>> at
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>> http://www.mantisbt.org/wiki/doku.php/mantisbt:soap_and_plugins
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>> Please have a look and reply if you have some comments and/or
>> >> >>> additions.
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>> Robert
>> >> >>>
>> >> >>> >
>> >> >>> >
>> >> >>> >
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