Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Continuous Delivery and Jenkins 2.0

There are some exciting things happening in the Jenkins community and at CloudBees.

The first thing is that Kohsuke Kawaguchi has announced the start of the Jenkins 2.0 Roadmap
"Jenkins is over 10 years old, and it came quite a long way. I still remember the first few plugins that I wrote by myself, and now we have close to 1100 plugins. What's started as a hobby project that had run under my desk today boasts more than 100K installations driving half a million-ish build machines.
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So I propose we do Jenkins 2.0 to fix this.

There are three important goals that I see in Jenkins 2.0.
  1. We need to claim our rightful place in Continuous Delivery. We have lots of pieces that address these modern needs, but we are not communicating this very well.
  2. We need to revisit out of the box experience, so that Jenkins itself speaks that story and makes it clear what we are aiming for. Our software needs to speak for itself and tell people where we are going, so that the community can better focus efforts on the important parts.
  3. And we need to do this while keeping what makes Jenkins great in the first place, which are the ecosystem, the community, and the extensibility that recognizes that one size does not fit all and let people do what they want to do."
The second important thing is that the advent of Docker and containers is making this transition MUCH easier. CloudBees has contributed significant efforts to the open source community with the release of Docker plug-ins that make Docker and Jenkins work together very nicely to make Continuous Delivery real.

And I love this animated GIF:

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