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Cooking Up JAMs

There's been some active discussions and planning around Jenkins Area Meetups (JAMs) specifically in the following cities:

I wanted to gauge Jenkins interests in these cities, so let us know at if you live in one of these areas, and if you would be interested in becoming a member or be involved in JAM one way or another!

Of course, if the city you live in currently does not have a JAM and you're interested in paying it forward, here's HOW YOU can become a JAM organizer.

Winners of Docker Global Hack Day #3 are...

Over 2,000 members of the Docker community attended Docker Hack Day events around the world. One of the forty-two Docker Hacks has some familiar names attached...

Nicolas De Loof and Yoann Dubreuil from Docker Rennes, who are also active in our community, waved the Jenkins flag in this event and produced Jenkins docker slaves plugin.

This plugin lets you run builds inside containers, and in that sense it's similar to the Docker plugin and the Docker custom build environment plugin. But internally it uses a quite interesting approach.

Upcoming in office hours: Jenkins 2.0

I hope many of you have had a chance to see the Jenkins 2.0 thread. I'm going to use the office hours next Wednesday to go through this proposal.

This is still primarily for developers in the project, as it's "just" a proposal with lots of details unspecified. It's more meant to help people understand where I'm coming from and what goals I have in mind for this effort.

As always, this will be on Hangout on air. The event page is here, and if you want to participate in the discussion, join here. Read-only viewers should use YouTube to watch, and you can still send questions in real time to IRC and I'll make sure to go through them.

Bay Area JAM

Last week, the first Jenkins Area Meetup (JAM) took place in San Jose, CA on Wednesday, Sept 23. What a way to kick off the first JAM other than to have Docker, John Willis as our guest speaker. John talked about immutable infrastructure and its benefits and role of containers.

Kohsuke discussed Jenkins Workflow, the motivation behind the same and latest features of Jenkins Workflow like multi branch support followed by docker use cases. The highlight of the meetup was definitely Kohsuke breaking the news about Jenkins 2.0 and his vision and motivation behind it.

GUI improvements on the horizon

This past Thursday, September 24th, 2015, I presented a couple of prototypes of what I hope will be the future of the Jenkins GUI. Or perhaps more correctly, close enough to the future to start generating positive feedback from you the community that improving the Jenkins GUI is important and some pieces that I am showing are going in the right direction. If you have ~45 minutes to spare, I recommend the video (the narrator's voice is very soothing). If not, I offer the following as a reasonable summary.

Jenkins has a lot of strengths as tool. Its robust user community along with its thoughtful and extensible design are two of the most immediate. They are the two pillars that have made Jenkins the leader in the CD/CI space and the de facto choice for most of us looking to automate our build and test processes. But let's face it, by today's standards, the GUI doesn't really sing. I will even go so far as to say, I believe it is a platform liability at the moment, and even among we the Jenkins faithful, few of us look forward to using it.