Submitted by ndeloof on Wed, 2012-09-12 09:00
This article was originally posted on my personal blog
Last week, praqma was organizing in Copenhague a "Jenkins User Event". A User Event, compared to JenkinsConf, is a lighter meeting with (suposed to be) reduced costs organized by volunteers. Praqma got sponsorship from both CloudBees and Programing Research so that they can book a high quality conference room and prepare a nice meeting with all commodities.
Jenkins User Conference is back to San Francisco after a world tour. The conference is on the 30th of this month (Sunday), which makes it back to back with JavaOne, just like the last year. This schedule allows the community people from all over the world to attend and talk, so you see speakers from different part of the world!
Recently, Jenkins User Conference organizer Alyssa Tong sent out the following request:
Jenkins User Conf SF is looking for volunteers to help us record the
sessions. Pls drop me an email if you're able to help.
We're trying to make sure we can capture video of as much of this year's conference as possible, but the only way we can do that is with your help!
If you'll be in town for JavaOne, or just live in the bay area, drop Alyssa an email at
We have hosted two informal meetups introducing Jenkins Continuous Integration Server.
The first in end of June (announced here on this blog) and the second on the 7th of August. The first meet-up in June was only announced 8 days before, but had very good attendance - the second was completely booked (15 seats).
The agenda is a short presentation of continuous integration and software validation to inspire the use of Jenkins, then a few words and terms about Jenkins and finally a live demo.
The live demo starts from scratch by downloaded the latest Jenkins java web archive, starts it, define a job on one of our Maven based java projects on Github. We add two easy plugins (Warnings and Task Scanner). Second part of the demo is about unit testing and coverage and we show how easy it is to enable a JUnit report and add a Cobertura coverage report if there is already unit tests for the project.
The meetups have about 90 minutes scheduled, including questions and the discussion session after the demo, where we serve pizza, beer and cola. The theoretical presentation and live demo is typically finished within one hour, even though we encourage our guests to ask questions and discuss whatever comes into their mind on the way. The relatively short time used for the introduction demonstrates how easy it is to get started with continuous integration and software validation using Jenkins.
As the live demo is based on a Java/Maven project we ask the guests about their technologies and try to relate that to their setup, so they know there also is an easy approach for them to use Jenkins.
The meeting is quite informal, and limited to 15 participants, leaving plenty of time to dicsuss and answer questions both before and after the meeting. We are always a few developers from Praqma to facilitate the discussions about the participants individual setup and questions.
These informal discussions are one of the main gains for us in Praqma, as it is very interesting to share our experience with our guests and hear about all of their interesting challenges, that might have brough them north of Copenhagento attend our meeting.
Because these first meet-ups have been so popular and interesting we have decided to arrange them regularly in the future. Not just the Jenkins introduction, which will be repeated as long as there is an interest, but we are also making plans for meetups about Git, Mercurial and other topics.
If you're interested in more Jenkins and CI related meet-ups in the Copenhagen area, visit our homepage or follow the
#pragma hashtag on Twitter.
We also have a Jenkins User Event in Copenhagen coming in September.