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Jenkins: The Definitive Guide 1st Edition

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Continuous integration for the masses

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a great resource for all levels of developers that utilize Jenkins. The book is not the end to end 'Bible' for Jenkins but it's a great resource that explains pretty much all the essential building blocks. I've read the book a couple times now and I have realized that I overlooked features for didn't fully grasp how powerful they were originally. It's also wonderful to resource to help train others team members. We keep a couple copies around the office now.
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This book was a quick read and gives a fairly good understanding of the more popular plugins and setup for a Jenkins CI server(s). The book covered 90% continuous integration for maven/java projects, so be aware of that if you are planning to use other build tools/programming languages for your projects( the book does cursorily touch on using php and ruby but it's by no means definitive). That said, Jenkins isn't a difficult service to understand and book outlined as such in a concise way. I would recommend this book for someone who has no experience with Jenkins and would prefer an organized alternative to reading the online documentation. I won't give it 5 stars, however, because it's not a definitive book about Jenkins, but more beginning guide to integrate a Jenkins setup for your organizational needs.
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Continuous Integration is, nowadays, the de facto software engineering practice that allows a team to quickly react to change and deploy safely to production, in time. Despite this, many teams out there, still ignore its benefits and dare to manually test or not to test at all their products before delivering them to the clients, which then translates into those phone calls at 2AM. Despite being, as a matter of fact, the standard in continuous integration and deployment, the literature available on Jenkins is still very limited, which partially explain why so many companies have little or no knowledge whatsoever about the subject. Jenkins: The Definitive Guide is definitely the right companion for any Build Engineer, or Software Architect, interested in learning about streamlining the build and deployment processes, making it faster for the team to both spot errors and deploy code.

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.
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If you have an agile team, if you do automated testing, if you use git or subversion, if you need to share code, if you work in software, or are an IT Girl, or an IT Guy, this book is a must buy.

Jenkins is the most awesome, free, flexible, productivity enhancing thing in the world. Free to download. Free to use, IF you can use it. However, you could waste boatloads of money with this free tool if you don't know what you are doing. Let me break down for you what usually happens at a company when an "Agile Transition" comes along.

1. Hire consultant who sets up awesome demo. Consultant says, "Here! It's Easy! Sets up Jenkins, shows you beautiful result using 7 different programming languages, Git, which your team may not use, and integrates it for you in a tool you don't own but that's ok because you are on the trial version.

2. Contract ends, and Consultant who set up whiteboard is no longer there. Your trial version runs out, or your Jenkins server goes down, and now you have NO ONE who knows what the heck is going on.

3. You panic. Try the backup. Find out it wasn't part of the demo setup. In fact, the demo isn't even likely set up for multiple users correctly! Your new tool you decided to go with isn't integrated with it. However, having had a taste of the awesome sauce that is a build on demand, no one wants to LIVE without their CI system (Jenkins build).

That is when you should buy this book. Why? Because everything you need is mostly already made and you don't have to manually remake it, but these guys are the guys who've DONE this stuff. They are the gurus you want to take advice from. Also, there is very minimal bullshennanigans in this book. I rarely fell asleep, and for a technical book that is high praise.
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This is an excellent book for beginners who are seriously looking to get started with Jenkins. I just found some of the screenshots were too light or almost illegible with very small font size - but then that is a common problem with O'Reilly books and one should be fine if they try out the options hands-on the computer with the book by their side.
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