Continuous Integration with Jenkins Get (even) lazier in 10 easy steps - April 7, 2011

Continuous Integration with Jenkins Get (even) lazier in 10 easy steps!

In all honesty – developing good software alone is nerve-racking enough. So wouldn’t it be nice to have a butler that would take the tedious routine stuff off your hands?

Jenkins is the further development of Hudson, a Java-based continuous integration server, which has spread rapidly in recent years. Developers and team leaders can easily and reliably automate important software creation elements and consequently bring more
transparency to IT projects.

Little wonder then that companies such as eBay, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, JBoss, Goldman Sachs or Deutsche Telekom have added the continuous integration server as a fixed component of their toolchains.

Jenkins need have no fear of comparisons with the “usual suspects” of its genre such as CruiseControl, for example. On the contrary: Jenkins has already established itself as their replacement in numerous cases. Its potential is quite simply reflected in its winning of
the “Duke‘s Choice Award” in the “Developer Solutions” category at JavaOne 2008.

.Jenkins is free, open source and driven by a highly active developer community. But above all Jenkins is field-tested.


By way of example, Jenkins provides:

  • Easy installation – in some cases with just one click
  • Convenient configuration and operation via web interface
  • Direct support for builds based on Ant, Maven, Shell scripts or Windows batch files
  • Plug-ins for Gant, Groovy, MSBuild, NAnt, Rake and numerous other build systems
  • Eye-catching visualization of statistics, e. g. JUnit or TestNG results
  • Comprehensive communication means such as e-mail, RSS, IM integration or permalinks
  • Remote controllability with REST-similar remoting interface
  • Builds distributed over several computers
  • More than 300 plug-ins for the most diverse automation jobs: from checkout to deployment, from code metrics to controlling talking rabbits (!).


The following issues are covered in the presentation – continuously supported by live demos:

  • What are the benefits of continuous integration?
  • What is it that makes Jenkins so special?
  • Is Jenkins right for my work group/company?
  • Where is the most intensive further development work going on?


And of course let’s not forget eXtreme Feedback Devices (XFDs) …

The TechTalk focuses on developers, senior developers and project managers. The level is suitable for both beginners and advanced. Prior CI knowledge is not necessary; development experience is helpful. The TechTalk will be held in German.

The event is held at Deutsche Telekom AG, Products & Innovation in Darmstadt. Interested colleagues and external guests can register with a formless e-mail with their name/company to techtalk@remove-this.developergarden.com by April 4, 2011 at the latest. The event begins at 6 pm and ends at around 8 pm. Attendance is free and drinks and snacks are provided as always.

The facts in brief:
What | TechTalk: Continuous Integration with Jenkins
When | April 7, 2011 | 6 pm (closing date: April 4, 2011)
Where | T-Online-Allee 1, D-Darmstadt
How | Presentation, networking & snacks

About the speaker

Prof. Dr. Simon Wiest is a Jenkins evangelist and committer in the Jenkins and Hudson projects. His articles won a Sun Microsystems Community Innovation Award. He gives regular talks on Jenkins/Hudson at companies, industry conferences and in Java user groups.

In his “other” life he teaches as an IT professor in the “Electronic Media” faculty at Stuttgart
Media University
. He focuses here on the Internet and interactive and mobile media.
He is also the author of the recently released first German language book on Continuous Integration, focusing on Jenkins/Hudson: “Continuous Integration mit Hudson”.

Info for getting there and parking in Darmstadt

You can use the visitor parking spaces at Products & Innovation. In T-Online-Allee 1 the entrance to the underground car park is at the end of the street (facing south – stay right at entrance), where you can report as a visitor for the TechTalk and use the signposted visitor parking spaces (follow the magenta arrows in the underground car park; then take the elevator to the first floor).
You will be shown the way into the forum at visitor reception.

About TechTalk

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