Impressions from Jenkins User Conference, New York

May 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

It was just one day, but it was a packed one. The Jenkins Conference in Times Square NYC was probably the most densely informational conference I’ve been to this year. Frankly, I would have appreciated a two day schedule with some open space for hacking on plugins or un-scheduled talks. The community is passionate and invested in the success of Jenkins, which I already knew (they followed after the split w/ Hudson, after all), but there wasn’t enough opportunity to network as I would have liked.

We’re getting closer to settling on a code-review solution, and a talk by Monty Taylor (of Openstack project) on Gerrit was just what I was looking for. Gerrit is built in Java, so it’ll be an easy ride for my engineers. It’s flexible enough to absorb lots of different types of data. Best of all, it’s already integrated with Jenkins. I plan to present code coverage, performance, and test results to reviewers. Little concerned about the ugly UX, but that’s something we can tweak.

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Woof.

I was fortunate enough to participate on the panel discussion in the evening, where we discussed trends in the CI space, potential areas of focus for Jenkins development, and pros/cons of different approaches to deployment pipelines. Video cameras were present, so I’ll attach a link when I hear back.

In the meantime, I’ve added the slides from my talk on the slides page. Very enjoyable, well done Cloudbees. I’m already looking forward to next year.

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