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Office hours next week: metadata plugin

The last Jenkins office hour of the year hosts Robert Sandell and Tomas Westling, who will go over newly open-sourced metadata plugin from Sony Mobile Communications (more about this story on their website). This team from Sony Mobile has been known for several other popular plugins, including the Gerrit trigger plugin. And I think this latest batch of plugins will not disappoint!

As I understand, this plugin is a library plugin, which is primarily meant to be consumed by other plugins. With help of other plugins using this plugin, it can classify jobs and slaves by adding metadata tags to them. This in turn enables more intelligent scheduling, views, access control, and so on.

Comunidade verde-amarela do Jenkins, uni-vos!

O Jenkins, servidor de integração favorito de todos, é muito utilizado no Brasil, e agora tem uma lista de e-mails em Português além do primeiro encontro de usuários Jenkins no Brasil. Se você utiliza o Jenkins, desenvolve plug-ins, tem interesse em aprender mais sobre esta incrível ferramenta Open Source e sobre Integração Contínua, essa é a sua chance!

Além de matar dúvidas sobre o Jenkins e aprender com os outros participantes, há várias outras atividades na comunidade como a tradução de documentação, tutoriais e livros, bem como a divulgação de eventos e treinamentos.

Gostei! Como participo?

Você pode começar se inscrevendo na lista de e-mails de usuários do Jenkins em Português (jenkinsci-br). Lá você poderá enviar suas perguntas, bem como ajudar outros usuários com dúvidas sobre o Jenkins ou plug-ins. Se você utiliza o Twitter, os anúncios e links serão disponibilizados no @jenkins_br.

Encontro de usuários Jenkins do Brasil 2012

O primeiro encontro de usuários Jenkins do Brasil acontecerá no próximo dia 1 de Dezembro de 2012. O evento é gratuito e acontecerá na USP, em São Paulo. Lá você poderá acompanhar palestras, lighting talks, conversar com outros profissionais e também terá a oportunidade de conhecer pessoalmente Kohsuke Kawaguchi, outros usuários e desenvolvedores de plug-ins do Jenkins.

Confirme já sua presença no encontro de usuários Jenkins do Brasil 2012! Apesar de gratuito temos lugares limitados e precisamos estimar o número de participantes para brindes, bebidas e para acomodar bem todos os participantes.

Esperamos você lá! :-)

New mailing list for better event/meet-up/local community coordination

As per the discussion in the project meeting today, we created a new mailing list for:

  • discussing and coordinating Jenkins related events
  • share knowledge between different local communities
  • helping new organizers by having existing community people offering advices
  • improving visibility and transparency of event organization work

If you are interested in facilitating local communities (being from Japan, I know for a fact that a local community that speaks the native language makes a big difference in many parts of the world!)

The list is open for anyone to join and the archive is public. Looking forward to seeing you in the list.

Fundraising for travel grant

We are trying to raise $2000 travel grants for assisting Jenkins contributors to travel, meet, and strengthen their relationships with the other Jenkins contributors. Specifically, we have FOSDEM and SCALE11x in mind, in which there already are a fair amount of Jenkins contributors concentration.

Being an open-source project, Jenkins developers are highly dispersed, yet a lot gets done in the community through human relationships, just like any other organizations. This poses a challenge, because most of the contributors work on Jenkins on their spare times, and so people are on their own to travel to the shows, creating greater divides between those of us in the U.S., Europe, and in Asia.

This fundraising is a bit of experiment to see if it's worth the money. The goal is to sponsor two people who don't work on Jenkins full time to travel to those events (and hopefully present talks, although that's subject to the acceptance by conferences.) We'll also report back what came out of them.

Sponsor Jenkins bugs with Freedom Sponsors

(This is a guest post by Tony França)

Hi all, my name is Tony, I'm the creator of (FreedomSponsors) and today I want to talk how Jenkins has inspired me to build it.

Before starting, I'd like to thank the Jenkins crew for letting me publish this guest post in their blog. On top of that, thank you for maintaining Jenkins as well - I'm a big fan and a heavy user. Jenkins potential to make peoples lives easier is really amazing. You guys are amazing. And Kohsuke, you're my personal hero :-)

All right, that being said, let's move on with the story.

Most people who like FreedomSponsors probably don't know that Jenkins is sort of the reason it exists in the first place. That's right, if it wasn't for Jenkins I'd probably never had the idea for FS.

This is how it happened.

I was playing with the (Jenkins OpenID plugin), and I was having some trouble with it. After a little research, I found that there was a JIRA bug for it - (JENKINS-9216: Make OpenID work with Google Apps accounts).

"Bummer" - I thought - "Maybe I can try to debug it.