Review of Jenkins User Conference in Boston and my presentation on using Jenkins to build Portal Applications
SamAlexander 120000PQMY Comments (2) Visits (2279)
A 10 minute "Lightening Talk", my session described how IBM
Attended by roughly 45 Jenkins users, I was initially surprised that, by show of hands, there were no Portal developers in the audience! But after further thought, this isn't surprising; Jenkins is quite customizable for building software for any platform, so it's reasonable there were no Portal developers. Thus, I simply spent a little extra time elaborating on the Portal arcitfacts we build with Jenkins, including deployable Portlet .war files built with IBM Web Experience Factory, Java libraries, Portal Theme components, and Portal Application Archive (PAA) files.
I like interacting with attendees, so I was delighted that there were several questions after the session. Humorously, one attendee, clearly not a Portal developer, asked if "Portlet WARs" was the name of a reality TV show.
If you'd like to see the presentation, navigate to here: http
I also had a chance to learn about some of the new upcoming Jenkins features, such as UI improvements. But what I found the most interesting was a session on Jenkins usable in the Life Sciences field.
Titled "Jenkins CI, an Open Source Continuous Integration System, as a Scientific Data and Image Processing Platform", the session describes how Novartis uses Jenkins and open source imaging processing software to rapidly process tens of thousands of microscopy images. As I have most recently dealt with using Jenkins to build Portal solutions for the insurance sectory, it was stimulating and refreshing learn about Jenkins usage in a totally different field. If you're interested, search for " Novartis " and download on the sessions page above and download the presentation. Very cool stuff.
It was also cool to meet Lorelei Mccollum, an IBMr from the IBM Littleton lab who focuses on automation for IBM's cloud offerings, and to hear her presentation entitled "Zero to Jenkins in Five Days". It's available on the same page above.
All in all, it was great to take a one day break to attend the conference, share my Jenkins experience with the community, and learn from others in the Jenkins community.