If not history, then certainly popular culture is filled with great butlers. The ever dedicated Cato Fong is butler and sparring partner to the incorrigible Inspector Clouseau. Alfred Pennyworth has taken care of Bruce Wayne since childhood. Wadsworth is a hero two thirds of the time.

In August of 2012 I was introduced to another butler wholly dedicated to his craft. His name is Jenkins. Like the other butlers mentioned, Jenkins is something of a hero in his own right. He is surprisingly capable, incredibly flexible, and immensely helpful. Allow me to introduce you.

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Jenkins is a continuous integration server that was first released in February of 20051, although the name Jenkins has only been used since January of 20112. Jenkins was originally known as Hudson1, but a disagreement between the principle project contributors and Oracle3 resulted in the project being forked and renamed to Jenkins2.

My introduction to Jenkins is something of a story in itself, and I may share that in some future post. It suffices to say that the more I worked with Jenkins the more I liked working with Jenkins. In fact, I liked Jenkins so much that I started to use it at home for my own projects. My personal Jenkins instance has lived in a cramped virtual machine, being migrated to whichever computer I was not using at the time, and powered on only when needed.

I mentioned in a previous post that I was working on another undertaking involving Amazon Web Services. I am now announcing that I have created a new Jenkins instance residing on AWS. Visitors to this site can access Jenkins at jenkins.scientifichooliganism.net. I have also added a new feed to show recent activity on the scientifichooliganism.net Jenkins instance. In addition to some of my current projects, Jenkins will be helping me with some future endeavors. Visiting the Jenkins instance and keeping an eye on the Jenkins Activity feed will provide clues to what those endeavors are.



1 Kawaguchi, Kohsuke. “Hudson.” JavaOne. Moscone Center, San Francisco. 2007. Address. <https://www.java.net//blog/kohsuke/archive/20070514/Hudson%20J1.pdf>.

2 Bayer, Andrew. “Rename Vote Results.” jenkins-ci.361315.n4.nabble.com. Jenkins Dev, 29 Jan. 2011. Web. 20 Apr. 2015. <http://jenkins-ci.361315.n4.nabble.com/Rename-Vote-Results-td3246526.html>.

3 Farrell, Ted. “Hudson Process Discussion Summary.” hudson-ci.org. N.p., Jan. 2011. Web. 20 Apr. 2015. <http://hudson-ci.org/docs/process_summary.html>.

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