Submitted by rtyler on Mon, 2012-03-26 10:01
For years, we've been hearing about covert installations of Jenkins by groups
of developers within larger companies. Rogue engineers, frustrated by the lack
of continuous integration would download
jenkins.war and run it off their
workstation. As time went on, word-of-mouth within the organization spread
Jenkins far and wide.
Today we announce an initiative to help support these rogue agents: the
Jenkins CIA. CIA being short for Continuous
Integration Ambassador of course.
If you're going to be speaking at a JUG or another event where you will have
the opportunity to promote and teach people about Jenkins, you too can join the
- Send us an email telling us about the event and how many people you expect
- Write us a guest blog post ahead of time, talking about the event
- We dispatch Jenkins stickers and a CIA Agent shirt for you to wear.
- Write up a summary blog post about the event afterwards
In the coming months, we'll start collaborating and creating standard
presentations that can be easily re-used to introduce people not only to
Jenkins, but continuous integration in general, so stay tuned.
If you're not the speaking type but instead prefer to work behind the scenes,
you can join the OSS by checking out the Beginner's Guide to contributing
- Agent Dero, over and out.
It is interesting having an open source project that is sufficiently old to start generating "lore" of some form or another. Jenkins is starting to get to be that age, having been started over 6 years ago.
One of the most commonly asked questions, is about Jenkins' use of "blue balls" to indicate success by default. This is enough of an "issue" for some users that the Green Balls plugin is in the list of top 10 installed plugins.
The reason behind our use of blue to indicate success has its basis in Kohsuke's Japanese upbringing. The cultural differences were enumerated in a bug report comically titled "s/blue/green/g" (JENKINS-369):
This response Kohsuke cited was taken from this Q&A thread
Q. "Why do Japanese people say that they have blue traffic lights when they are really green?" --Question submitted by John Sypal
A: According to the book, Japan From A to Z: Mysteries of Everyday
Life Explained by James and Michiko Vardaman, the first traffic
signals in Japan were blue instead of green, but the blue lights were difficult to see from a long distance away so they were replaced with green ones. Vardaman says that the custom of referring to traffic lights is a holdover from those days.
This sounds like a good explanation, but the problem with it is that you will hear Japanese people refer to other green things (like
cucumbers, spinach, and sometimes grass) as being blue as well. This
is because historically, Japanese people considered green to be a
shade of blue. For example, the Chinese character for blue,
pronounced ao is made up of two characters, iki (life) and i (well)
and refers to the colour of plants which grow around a well, a colour between green and blue. When Chinese people see the character, they say it means green, but Japanese people say it means blue.
Japanese books on colours tell us that there are four tertiary colours: red, blue, white and black, and that all others are shades of those four main ones. Ao, therefore, is a sort of ideal blue, halfway between green and blue. The sky is said to be blue, but it is a different shade of ao than a traffic light is. Tree leaves are said to be green, but green is a shade of ao, like crimson is a shade of red.
In another interesting cultural difference relating
to colour, Japanese children always colour the sun red instead of
(here's a direct link to Kohsuke's comment)
Unfortunately it's not for color blind users, although that's a pretty convincing explanation. Jenkins has blue balls because in Japan, red means stop and blue means go!
With the JUC Paris 2012 call for papers open, it's important to mention that we are also looking for sponsors for the various Jenkins User Conferences that are being planned around the world right now!
Currently there are four conferences being put together right now:
If your company is heavily invested in Jenkins or interested in reaching the kind of audience that will be at a JUC (highly technical, motivated) then you should consider becoming a sponsor one of these conferences (link below)!
Sponsor the Jenkins User Conference
(Editor's note: Apologies for the delay in getting this wrap-up out, it's been quite a busy month!)
This year has already been full of milestones, the first of which being our first birthday as an open source project. The second major milestone for the project was that we went to FOSDEM 2012, arguably the largest volunteer-organized and operated open source conference on the planet.
We had a couple of things going on at FOSDEM that merit a mention:
- The Jenkins project had a stand in the K building, the same building where the Free Java, Config and Systems Management, and a few other pertinent dev rooms were located
- The Jenkins project gave away 2 free copies of John Smart's book: "Jenkins: The Definitive Guide" (thanks to O'Reilly!)
- Community member R. Tyler Croy gave a talk on running the Jenkins project infrastructure with Puppet
- The O'Reilly folks brought 10+ Jenkins books to sell at their stand.
- Project founder Kohsuke Kawaguchi and a number of project members held a constructive UI Enhancements discussion.
We were very fortunate to have so many Jenkins contributors in attendance, who all helped with the Jenkins stand, introducing people to Jenkins and much more.
FOSDEM in their own words