- Paperback: 404 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449305350
- ISBN-13: 978-1449305352
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Ferguson Smart, director of Wakaleo Consulting, helps organizations optimize their Java development practices and infrastructure. He provides training and mentoring in agile development and testing practices such as Continuous Integration, Test Driven Development, Build Automation, and Continuous Deployment.
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Honestly, I am enthusiast about this book. Despite the fact that it mainly covers Java (see below for some critics), anyone interested in understanding how Jenkins works will find this title to be a precious guide, from installation up to administration, passing through build pipelines.
Through a simple project (again, see below for some critics), the author, with a winning learn by doing approach, shows the reader how to get everything properly configured and running. I have particularly enjoyed the quantity and quality of the images present. Each feature is clearly explained, step by step. John really makes the reader feel comfortable. The concepts are clearly presented and, page after page, they flow smoothly. The reader really feels like getting taught by a friend.
Enough with the praises. A couple of bad notes that, anyway, don’t lower the rating of this precious gem. First, the project used by the author to introduce Jenkins to us is very small. True, it is more complex that an Hello World, but the book definitely lacks real world examples. Mainly, it lacks examples on distributed scenarios.
Second, and this is not really a critic but a simply note to the readers, the book mainly focuses on Java, that is Maven and Ant. True, Jenkins is a Java application but through the years it has grown so much that now, through plugins, it can be used practically for anything, from Python to Ruby on Rails. Many chapters are dedicated purely on how to configure Jenkins for a Java project, so that, while certainly an interesting read, if the reader plans to get Jenkins to build anything that is not Java, he will most likely end up googling.
Overall a very good book. I personally do recommend it to any Build Engineer that has to take care of anything related to Java. On the other hand, this book is a little overkill if the team does work mostly with other programming languages.
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