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Mike282 Helper II
Helper II

Expanding out Jira Issue Descriptions.

So I've been trying to hook Power BI up with Jira and I haven't used the out of the box Content Pack . Below is the full M script code for the transformation steps I've taken. Note the "column1.field.description" field/column that I had to expand out twice.


    Source = Json.Document(Web.Contents(" in ('TEST')", [Headers=[Authorization="Basic " & Credentials]])),
    issues = Source[issues],
    #"Converted to Table" = Table.FromList(issues, Splitter.SplitByNothing(), null, null, ExtraValues.Error),
    #"Expanded Column1" = Table.ExpandRecordColumn(#"Converted to Table", "Column1", {"expand", "id", "self", "key", "fields"}, {"Column1.expand", "", "Column1.self", "Column1.key", "Column1.fields"}),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields" = Table.ExpandRecordColumn(#"Expanded Column1", "Column1.fields", {"statuscategorychangedate", "issuetype", "parent", "timespent", "project", "fixVersions", "resolution", "resolutiondate", "watches", "lastViewed", "created", "priority", "timeestimate", "versions", "issuelinks", "assignee", "updated", "status", "components", "description", "summary", "creator", "duedate", "progress", "votes"}, {"Column1.fields.statuscategorychangedate", "Column1.fields.issuetype", "Column1.fields.parent", "Column1.fields.timespent", "Column1.fields.project", "Column1.fields.fixVersions", "Column1.fields.resolution", "Column1.fields.resolutiondate", "", "Column1.fields.lastViewed", "Column1.fields.created", "Column1.fields.priority", "Column1.fields.timeestimate", "Column1.fields.versions", "Column1.fields.issuelinks", "Column1.fields.assignee", "Column1.fields.updated", "Column1.fields.status", "Column1.fields.components", "Column1.fields.description", "Column1.fields.summary", "Column1.fields.creator", "Column1.fields.duedate", "Column1.fields.progress", "Column1.fields.votes"}),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields.description" = Table.ExpandRecordColumn(#"Expanded Column1.fields", "Column1.fields.description", {"content"}, {"Column1.fields.description.content"}),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields.status" = Table.ExpandRecordColumn(#"Expanded Column1.fields.description", "Column1.fields.status", {"name"}, {""}),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields.priority" = Table.ExpandRecordColumn(#"Expanded Column1.fields.status", "Column1.fields.priority", {"name"}, {""}),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields.project" = Table.ExpandRecordColumn(#"Expanded Column1.fields.priority", "Column1.fields.project", {"name"}, {""}),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields.issuetype" = Table.ExpandRecordColumn(#"Expanded Column1.fields.project", "Column1.fields.issuetype", {"name"}, {""}),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields.progress" = Table.ExpandRecordColumn(#"Expanded Column1.fields.issuetype", "Column1.fields.progress", {"progress", "total"}, {"Column1.fields.progress.progress", ""}),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields.creator" = Table.ExpandRecordColumn(#"Expanded Column1.fields.progress", "Column1.fields.creator", {"name"}, {""}),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields.description.content" = Table.ExpandListColumn(#"Expanded Column1.fields.creator", "Column1.fields.description.content"),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields.description.content1" = Table.ExpandRecordColumn(#"Expanded Column1.fields.description.content", "Column1.fields.description.content", {"type", "content"}, {"Column1.fields.description.content.type", "Column1.fields.description.content.content"}),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields.description.content.content" = Table.ExpandListColumn(#"Expanded Column1.fields.description.content1", "Column1.fields.description.content.content"),
    #"Expanded Column1.fields.description.content.content1" = Table.ExpandRecordColumn(#"Expanded Column1.fields.description.content.content", "Column1.fields.description.content.content", {"type", "text"}, {"Column1.fields.description.content.content.type", "Column1.fields.description.content.content.text"}),
    #"Changed Type" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(#"Expanded Column1.fields.description.content.content1",{{"Column1.fields.statuscategorychangedate", type datetimezone}})
    #"Changed Type"


I decided to try using the web api by inputing the API endpoint and using Basic Authentication. This extracted the JSON fine and I've been expanding the JSON values into a usable table. I did hit a snag specifically with the Description field in Jira. It comes out in a list.


image.pngFigure 1. Jira Issues from a specific project and we're looking at the description field for issues


When keep expanding the values to new rows, it seems to generate these weird column values. It seems Jira stores text in each paragraph and line break in separate rows for a single issue. 


image.pngFigure 2. What you see when you expand out the Description field. Note the 2 content type columns on the left


Is there a way to get these description values and put them into a single row against a single issue row as opposed to expanding the table out.

Community Support
Community Support

Re: Expanding out Jira Issue Descriptions.



You may select Extract Values instead of Expand in Query Editor.

Community Support Team _ Sam Zha
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Mike282 Helper II
Helper II

Re: Expanding out Jira Issue Descriptions.

Hey @v-chuncz-msft .


Tried that. I can't extract the value as there are null values. I get the following error. The only other way is to create a reference table and expand out all of the description and link it to the main data table but not sure how to concatenate all that text together.




Expression.Error: We cannot convert the value null to type List.

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