CloudBees, Inc. provides the leading Java Platform as a Service for both enterprises and ISVs, from development to production.
CloudBees is also the provider of Nectar, a Continuous Integration offering for Enterprises built on top of the world's most popular continuous integration server: Jenkins (previously known as Hudson). CloudBees is the leading force behind Jenkins: Kohsuke Kawaguchi was the founder and lead developer of Hudson, now renamed Jenkins.
CloudBees was founded in early 2010, is incorporated in the US and has working bees in the USA, Europe and in Australia. We all share a strong pedigree in Middleware and Open Source.
What is Jenkins?
Jenkins monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or jobs run by cron. Among those things, current Jenkins focuses on the following two jobs:
- Building/testing software projects continuously, just like CruiseControl or DamageControl. In a nutshell, Jenkins provides an easy-to-use so-called continuous integration system, making it easier for developers to integrate changes to the project, and making it easier for users to obtain a fresh build. The automated, continuous build increases the productivity.
- Monitoring executions of externally-run jobs, such as cron jobs and procmail jobs, even those that are run on a remote machine. For example, with cron, all you receive is regular e-mails that capture the output, and it is up to you to look at them diligently and notice when it broke. Jenkins keeps those outputs and makes it easy for you to notice when something is wrong.
Jenkins offers the following features:
- Easy installation: Just java -jar jenkins.war, or deploy it in a servlet container. No additional install, no database.
- Easy configuration: Jenkins can be configured entirely from its friendly web GUI with extensive on-the-fly error checks and inline help. There's no need to tweak XML manually anymore, although if you'd like to do so, you can do that, too.
- Change set support: Jenkins can generate a list of changes made into the build from Subversion/CVS. This is also done in a fairly efficient fashion, to reduce the load on the repository.
- Permanent links: Jenkins gives you clean readable URLs for most of its pages, including some permalinks like "latest build"/"latest successful build", so that they can be easily linked from elsewhere.
- RSS/E-mail/IM Integration: Monitor build results by RSS or e-mail to get real-time notifications on failures.
- After-the-fact tagging: Builds can be tagged long after builds are completed
- JUnit/TestNG test reporting: JUnit test reports can be tabulated, summarized, and displayed with history information, such as when it started breaking, etc. History trend is plotted into a graph.
- Distributed builds: Jenkins can distribute build/test loads to multiple computers. This lets you get the most out of those idle workstations sitting beneath developers' desks.
- File fingerprinting: Jenkins can keep track of which build produced which jars, and which build is using which version of jars, and so on. This works even for jars that are produced outside Jenkins, and is ideal for projects to track dependency.
- Plugin Support: Jenkins can be extended via 3rd party plugins. You can write plugins to make Jenkins support tools/processes that your team uses.
Jenkins Best Practices
Continuous Integration with automated test execution has seen broad adoption in recent years. The ideas behind Continuous Integration have changed how companies look at Build Management, Release Management, Deployment Automation, and Test Orchestration. This section provides a set of best practices for Jenkins - A Continuous Integration Solution to provide executives, business managers, software developers and architects a better sense of the development progress and code quality of projects throughout the development lifecycle. (View Jenkins Best Practices)
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