For the 5th year in a row, Jenkins project won SDTimes 100, 2014 this year under DevOps and SCM categories, along with other open-source projects like Chef, Docker, Git, LLVM, and Puppet.
I'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank the community for keeing us going strong. There's a lot of interesting efforts going on in the project, as always, so expect more stuff to come out from us in the coming days!
Today on IRC, I was asked how someone new to the project can get started working on Jenkins, when s/he has no particular preference or pet-peeve.
This is a good question for which the project should have a canned answer ready, so here is one approach — adopt a plugin!
Often, a Jenkins plugin gets developed by someone to scratch his own itch. That person shares the plugin with the community, and since it does everything he needs, he moves on to work on something else. Then another person starts using that plugin, comes up with an idea for improvement, implements that, and then moves on. Given that we have more than 900 plugins today, there are a plenty of plugins that are currently co-maintained by the community, which could really use a focused loving caregiver.
Over the past 30 days or so, the acceptance test project has made a great progress.
This project consists of a reusable harness that can be used by plugin developers and users to write functional test cases. These tests can be run against Jenkins instances that are deployed in all sorts of different ways, and can interact with complex real fixtures. These tests can be also run with specific version of Jenkins core and a combination of plugins.
The number of tests have steadily increased to above 300. Several of those are by Michael Prankl, where he tests the LDAP plugin with the real OpenLDAP server instance that runs inside Docker — a kind of test that just wasn't possible before can be now easily written.
This new Selenium-based test harness is full of page objects and other abstractions that let you write blackbox integration tests on Jenkins and its plugins, as well as how they behave under various environments.
Unlike our regular office hours, the event is done through Hangout on air. But I do want at least several people to join Hangout interactively, not just watch the event in a read-only mode.
To join the event interactively (as opposed to read-only), I think you need to come here (but since Hangout URL can change, please check back on this post right before the office hour begins, so that I can post an up-to-date URL.)