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1. Jenkins: The Definitive Guide: Continuous Integration for the Masses (2011)

Streamline software development with Jenkins, the popular Java-based open source tool that has revolutionized the way teams think about Continuous Integration (CI). This complete guide shows you how to automate your build, integration, release, and deployment processes with Jenkins—and demonstrates how CI can save you time, money, and many headaches.

Ideal for developers, software architects, and project managers, Jenkins: The Definitive Guide is both a CI tutorial and a comprehensive Jenkins reference. Through its wealth of best practices and real-world tips, you’ll discover how easy it is to set up a CI service with Jenkins.

  • Learn how to install, configure, and secure your Jenkins server
  • Organize and monitor general-purpose build jobs
  • Integrate automated tests to verify builds, and set up code quality reporting
  • Establish effective team notification strategies and techniques
  • Configure build pipelines, parameterized jobs, matrix builds, and other advanced jobs
  • Manage a farm of Jenkins servers to run distributed builds
  • Implement automated deployment and continuous delivery

Author(s): John Ferguson Smart

2. Jenkins Essentials – Second Edition: Setting the stage for a DevOps culture (2017)

Key Features

  • Explore Continuous Integration and automation, along with how to manage and configure Jenkins
  • Master using Jenkins to build, test, and package Java applications
  • Learn about Jenkins’ extensible features with automated deployment on cloud platforms such as AWS Elastic Beanstalk and Microsoft Azure App Services
  • Learn about creating a pipeline using Build Pipeline plugin and the Pipeline as Code feature available after the release of Jenkins 2.0

Book Description

In agile development practices, developers need to integrate their work frequently to fix bugs or to create a new feature or functionality. Jenkins is used specifically for Continuous Integration, helping to enforce the principles of agile development. This book focuses on the latest and stable release of Jenkins (2.5 and later), featuring the latest features, such as Pipeline as Code, the new setup experience, and the improved UI. With the all-new Pipeline as Code feature, you will be able to build simple or advanced pipelines easily and rapidly, hence improving your teams’ productivity.

This book begins by tackling the installation of the necessary software dependencies and libraries you’ll need to perform Continuous Integration for a Java application. From there, you’ll integrate code repositories, applications, and build tools for the implementation of Continuous Integration.

Finally, you will also learn how to automate your deployment on cloud platforms such as AWS and Microsoft Azure, along with a few advanced testing techniques.

What you will learn

  • Get to grips with the challenges faced by developer communities
  • Learn about Continuous Integration and how it helps build various Java applications
  • Facilitate the installation and configuration of Jenkins
  • Install and configure code repositories and build tools
  • Learn about the integration of Eclipse with Jenkins
  • Manage the integration of Jenkins, code repositories, and build tools
  • Familiarize yourself with Continuous Integration for Java applications with unit test execution and static code analysis
  • Learn about Continuous Delivery and how to deploy applications in AWS and Microsoft Azure

About the Author

Mitesh Soni is an avid learner with 10 years’ experience in the IT industry. He is an SCJP, SCWCD, VCP, IBM Urbancode, and IBM Bluemix certified professional. He loves DevOps and cloud computing and he also has an interest in programming in Java. He finds design patterns fascinating. He believes “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

He occasionally contributes to etutorialsworld.com. He loves to play with kids, fiddle with his camera, and take photographs at Indroda Park. He is addicted to taking pictures without knowing many technical details. He lives in the capital of Mahatma Gandhi’s home state.

Mitesh has authored the following books with Packt:

  • DevOps Bootcamp
  • Implementing DevOps with Microsoft Azure
  • DevOps for Web Development
  • Jenkins Essentials
  • Learning Chef

Table of Contents

  1. Exploring Jenkins
  2. Installation and Configuration of Code Repositories and Build Tools
  3. Managing Code Quality and Notifications
  4. Continuous Integration with Jenkins
  5. Continuous Testing – Functional and Load Testing with Jenkins
  6. Continuous Delivery – Implementing Automated Deployment
  7. Build Pipeline and Pipeline as a Code
  8. Managing and Monitoring Jenkins
  9. Security in Jenkins

Author(s): Mitesh Soni

3. Learning Continuous Integration with Jenkins – Second Edition: A beginner’s guide to implementing Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery using Jenkins 2 (2017)

Key Features

  • Understand the concepts of Continuous Integration
  • Take advantage of a Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery solution to speed up productivity and achieve faster software delivery
  • Learn all the new features introduced in Jenkins 2.x, such as "Pipeline as code", "Multibranch pipeline", "Docker Plugin" and more
  • Learn to implement Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery by orchestrating multiple DevOps tools using Jenkins
  • Learn everything about Jenkins Blue Ocean

Book Description

In past few years, agile software development has seen tremendous growth. There is a huge demand for software delivery solutions that are fast yet flexible to numerous amendments. As a result, Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) methodologies are gaining popularity.
This book starts off by explaining the concepts of CI and its significance in the Agile world with a whole chapter dedicated to it. Next, you'll learn to configure and set up Jenkins in many favourite ways. The way the world sees CI/CD is changing, and so is Jenkins. The book exploits the concept of "pipeline as code" and various other features introduced in the Jenkins 2.x release to its full potential.
We also talk in detail about the new Jenkins Blue Ocean interface and its features to quickly and easily create a CI pipeline. You'll gain a foothold in implementing CI and CD methods. Then we dive into the various features offered by Jenkins one by one, exploiting them for CI and CD. Jenkins' core functionality and flexibility allows it to fit in a variety of environments and can help streamline the development process for all stakeholders. Next, you'll be introduced to CD and will learn to achieve it using Jenkins.
Through this book's wealth of best practices and real-world tips, you'll discover how easy it is to implement CI and CD using Jenkins.
What you will learn

  • Get to know some of the most popular ways to set up Jenkins
  • See all the new features introduced in the latest Jenkins such as Pipeline as code, Multibranch pipeline, and more
  • Manage users, projects, and permissions in Jenkins to ensure better security
  • Leverage the power of plugins in Jenkins
  • Know how to create CI pipeline using Jenkins Blue Ocean
  • Create a distributed build farm using Docker and use it with Jenkins
  • Implement Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery using Jenkins
  • See the difference between Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment
  • Understand the concepts of Continuous Integration

Author(s): Nikhil Pathania

4. Continuous Delivery with Docker and Jenkins: Delivering software at scale (2017)

Key Features

  • Build reliable and secure applications using Docker containers.
  • Create a complete Continuous Delivery pipeline using Docker, Jenkins, and Ansible.
  • Deliver your applications directly on the Docker Swarm cluster.
  • Create more complex solutions using multi-containers and database migrations.

Book Description

The combination of Docker and Jenkins improves your Continuous Delivery pipeline using fewer resources. It also helps you scale up your builds, automate tasks and speed up Jenkins performance with the benefits of Docker containerization.

This book will explain the advantages of combining Jenkins and Docker to improve the continuous integration and delivery process of app development. It will start with setting up a Docker server and configuring Jenkins on it. It will then provide steps to build applications on Docker files and integrate them with Jenkins using continuous delivery processes such as continuous integration, automated acceptance testing, and configuration management.

Moving on you will learn how to ensure quick application deployment with Docker containers along with scaling Jenkins using Docker Swarm. Next, you will get to know how to deploy applications using Docker images and testing them with Jenkins.

By the end of the book, you will be enhancing the DevOps workflow by integrating the functionalities of Docker and Jenkins.

What you will learn

  • Get to grips with docker fundamentals and how to dockerize an application for the Continuous Delivery process
  • Configure Jenkins and scale it using Docker-based agents
  • Understand the principles and the technical aspects of a successful Continuous Delivery

Author(s): Rafal Leszko

5. Web Design All-in-One For Dummies (2013)

All you need to know on web design in a thorough new edition

If you want just one complete reference on web design, this book is it. The newest edition of this essential guide features 650+ pages on the latest tools and new web design standards, such as HTML5, CSS 3, and other core technologies and page-building strategies. Five minibooks provide deep coverage: essential pre-design considerations, how to establish the look of your site, building a site, how to test your site, and taking your site public. Design professional and author Sue Jenkins understands what designers need and gives you the answers.

  • Thorough revision brings you up to date on the latest changes in the world of web design
  • Features five minibooks that cover all the bases: Getting Started, Designing for the Web, Building the Site, Standards and Testing, and Publishing and Site Maintenance
  • Covers the latest tools, page-building strategies, and emerging technologies, such as HTML5 and CSS 3
  • Includes over 650 pages of detail on such topics as establishing audience focus, creating content, using mock-ups and storyboards to establish the look, how to design for text and images, testing your site, and more

If you’re looking for an in-depth reference on all aspects of designing and building a site and taking it live, Web Design All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the book.

Author(s): Sue Jenkins

6. Pro Continuous Delivery: With Jenkins 2.0 (2017)

Follow this step-by-step guide for creating a continuous delivery pipeline using all of the new features in Jenkins 2.0 such as Pipeline as a Code, multi-branch pipeline, and more. You will learn three crucial elements for achieving a faster software delivery pipeline: a fungible build/test environment, manageable and reproducible pipelines, and a scalable build/test infrastructure. 
Pro Continuous Delivery demonstrates how to create a highly available, active/passive Jenkins server using some niche technologies.
What You’ll Learn
  • Create a highly available, active/passive Jenkins server using CoreOS and Docker, and using Pacemaker and Corosync
  • Use a Jenkins multi-branch pipeline to automatically perform continuous integration whenever there is a new branch in your source control system
  • Describe your continuous delivery pipeline with Jenkinsfile
  • Host Jenkins server on a cloud solution
  • Run Jenkins inside a container using Docker
  • Discover how the distributed nature of Git and the “merge before build” feature of Jenkins can be used to implement gated check-in
  • Implement a scalable build farm using Docker and Kubernetes
Who This Book Is For
  • You have experience implementing continuous integration and continuous delivery using Jenkins freestyle Jobs and wish to use the new Pipeline as a Code feature introduced in Jenkins 2.0
  • Your source code is on a Git-like version control system (Git, GitHub, GitLab, etc.) and you wish to leverage the advantages of a multi-branch pipeline in Jenkins
  • Your infrastructure is on a Unix-like platform and you wish to create a scalable, distributed build/test farm using Docker or Kubernetes
  • You are in need of a highly available system for your Jenkins Server using open source tools and technologies

Author(s): Nikhil Pathania

7. Re-Engineering Legacy Software (2016)

Summary

As a developer, you may inherit projects built on existing codebases with design patterns, usage assumptions, infrastructure, and tooling from another time and another team. Fortunately, there are ways to breathe new life into legacy projects so you can maintain, improve, and scale them without fighting their limitations.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the Book

Re-Engineering Legacy Software is an experience-driven guide to revitalizing inherited projects. It covers refactoring, quality metrics, toolchain and workflow, continuous integration, infrastructure automation, and organizational culture. You’ll learn techniques for introducing dependency injection for code modularity, quantitatively measuring quality, and automating infrastructure. You’ll also develop practical processes for deciding whether to rewrite or refactor, organizing teams, and convincing management that quality matters. Core topics include deciphering and modularizing awkward code structures, integrating and automating tests, replacing outdated build systems, and using tools like Vagrant and Ansible for infrastructure automation.

What’s Inside

  • Refactoring legacy codebases
  • Continuous inspection and integration
  • Automating legacy infrastructure
  • New tests for old code
  • Modularizing monolithic projects

About the Reader

This book is written for developers and team leads comfortable with an OO language like Java or C#.

About the Author

Chris Birchall is a senior developer at the Guardian in London, working on the back-end services that power the website.

Table of Contents

    PART 1 GETTING STARTED

  1. Understanding the challenges of legacy projects
  2. Finding your starting point
  3. PART 2 REFACTORING TO IMPROVE THE CODEBASE

  4. Preparing to refactor
  5. Refactoring
  6. Re-architecting
  7. The Big Rewrite
  8. PART 3 BEYOND REFACTORING—IMPROVING PROJECT WORKFLOWAND INFRASTRUCTURE

  9. Automating the development environment
  10. Extending automation to test, staging, and production environments
  11. Modernizing the development, building, and deployment of legacy software
  12. Stop writing legacy code!

Author(s): Chris Birchall

8. Jenkins 2.x Continuous Integration Cookbook – Third Edition: Over 90 recipes to produce great results using pro-level practices, techniques, and solutions (2017)

Get a problem-solution approach enriched with code examples for practical and easy comprehension

About This Book

  • Explore the use of more than 40 best-of-breed plug-ins for improving efficiency
  • Secure and maintain Jenkins 2.x by integrating it with LDAP and CAS, which is a Single Sign-on solution
  • Efficiently build advanced pipelines with pipeline as code, thus increasing your team’s productivity

Who This Book Is For

If you are a Java developer, a software architect, a technical project manager, a build manager, or a development or QA engineer, then this book is ideal for you. A basic understanding of the software development life cycle and Java development is needed, as well as a rudimentary understanding of Jenkins.

What You Will Learn

  • Install and Configure Jenkins 2.x on AWS and Azure
  • Explore effective ways to manage and monitor Jenkins 2.x
  • Secure Jenkins 2.x using Matrix-based Security
  • Deploying a WAR file from Jenkins 2.x to Azure App Services and AWS Beanstalk
  • Automate deployment of application on AWS and Azure PaaS
  • Continuous Testing – Unit Test Execution, Functional Testing and Load Testing

In Detail

Jenkins 2.x is one of the most popular Continuous Integration servers in the market today. It was designed to maintain, secure, communicate, test, build, and improve the software development process.

This book will begin by guiding you through steps for installing and configuring Jenkins 2.x on AWS and Azure. This is followed by steps that enable you to manage and monitor Jenkins 2.x. You will also explore the ways to enhance the overall security of Jenkins 2.x. You will then explore the steps involved in improving the code quality using SonarQube. Then, you will learn the ways to improve quality, followed by how to run performance and functional tests against a web application and web services.

Finally, you will see what the available plugins are, concluding with best practices to improve quality.

Style and approach

This book provides a problem-solution approach to some common tasks and some uncommon tasks using Jenkins 2.x and is well-illustrated with practical code examples.

Author(s): Mitesh Soni, Alan Mark Berg

9. Mastering Jenkins (2015)

Configure and extend Jenkins to architect, build, and automate efficient software delivery pipelines

About This Book

  • Configure and horizontally scale a Jenkins installation to support a development organization of any size
  • Implement Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and Continuous Deployment solutions in Jenkins
  • A step-by-step guide to help you get the most out of the powerful automation orchestration platform that is Jenkins

Who This Book Is For

If you are a novice or intermediate-level Jenkins user who has used Jenkins before but are not familiar with architecting solutions and implementing it in your organization, then this is the book for you. A basic understanding of the core elements of Jenkins is required to make the best use of this book.

What You Will Learn

  • Create and manage various types of build jobs, and implement automation tasks to support a software project of any kind
  • Get to grips with the automated testing architecture, and scalable automated testing techniques
  • Facilitate the delivery of software across the SDLC by creating scalable automated deployment solutions
  • Manage scalable automation pipelines in Jenkins using the latest build, test, and deployment strategies
  • Implement a scalable master / slave build automation platform, which can support Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux software solutions
  • Cover troubleshooting and advanced configuration techniques for Jenkins slave nodes
  • Support a robust build and delivery system by implementing basic infrastructure as code solutions in configuration management tools such as Ansible

In Detail

With the software industry becoming more and more competitive, organizations are now integrating delivery automation and automated quality assurance practices into their business model. Jenkins represents a complete automation orchestration system, and can help converge once segregated groups into a cohesive product development and delivery team. By mastering the Jenkins platform and learning to architect and implement Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and Continuous Deployment solutions, your organization can learn to outmanoeuvre and outpace the competition.

This book will equip you with the best practices to implement advanced continuous delivery and deployment systems in Jenkins. The book begins with giving you high-level architectural fundamentals surrounding Jenkins and Continuous Integration. You will cover the different installation scenarios for Jenkins, and see how to install it as a service, as well as the advanced XML configurations. Then, you will proceed to learn more about the architecture and implementation of the Jenkins Master/Save node system, followed by creating and managing Jenkins build jobs effectively. Furthermore, you’ll explore Jenkins as an automation orchestration system, followed by implementing advanced automated testing techniques. The final chapters describe in depth the common integrations to Jenkins from third-party tools such as Jira, Artifactory, Amazon EC2, and getting the most out of the Jenkins REST-based API.

By the end of this book, you will have all the knowledge necessary to be the definitive resource for managing and implementing advanced Jenkins automation solutions for your organization.

Style and approach

This book is a step-by-step guide to architecting and implementing automated build solutions, automated testing practices, and automated delivery methodologies. The topics covered are based on industry-proven techniques, and are explained in a simple and easy to understand manner.

Author(s): Jonathan McAllister

10. Tumblr For Dummies (2012)

Create a Tumblelog and start posting–this fun, portable guide shows you how

Tumblr may be a microblogging platform, but there’s nothing micro about it. There’s no limit to what you can post in your blog–from text, photos, and links to audio, video, slideshows, and more. Now you can join the over 28 million Tumblelogs on Tumblr with this handy, portable guide. In the popular, For Dummies, easy-access style, this practical book shows you exactly what to do to get the most out of Tumblr. Set up your account, choose a theme, post from your computer or phone, see how to reblog content, and before you know it, you’re off and Tumbling.

  • Guides you in how to join and get the most out of Tumblr
  • Shows you how to set up an account, choose a theme, customize your Tumblelog, and use the dashboard
  • Explains how to follow other Tumblr users and reblog their content, and post from your browser, phone, or email
  • Offers tips, trick, and techniques to make everything easy

All the detail you need to get up and running on this fun microblogging platform is here, in Tumblr For Dummies Portable Edition.

Author(s): Sue Jenkins

11. Introductory Programming with Simple Games: Using Java and the Freely Available Networked Game Engine (2010)

This is an excellent resource for programmers who need to learn Java but aren’t interested in just reading about concepts. Introduction to Java Programming with Games follows a spiral approach to introduce concepts and enable them to write game programs as soon as they start. It includes code examples and problems that are easy to understand and motivates them to work through to find the solutions. This game-motivated presentation will help programmers quickly apply what they’ve learned in order to build their skills.

Author(s): B. C. Ladd, Jam Jenkins

12. Jenkins 2: Up and Running: Evolve Your Deployment Pipeline for Next Generation Automation (2018)

With Early Release ebooks, you get books in their earliest form-the author’s raw and unedited content as he or she writes-so you can take advantage of these technologies long before the official release of these titles. You’ll also receive updates when significant changes are made, new chapters are available, and the final ebook bundle is released.

Over the past decade, Jenkins has served as the definitive tool for creating continuous delivery pipelines. Now, Jenkins 2 takes this open source automation server to a new level. This practical guide shows you how the latest features enable you to define pipelines-as-code, make pipelines restartable and recoverable, and add automatic processing for GitHub branches and organizations. You’ll also learn Jenkins’ improved support for containerization through Docker.

If you’re familiar with Jenkins, and want to take advantage of the new technologies to transform your legacy pipelines, this book covers recent advances in this hugely popular open-source tool. You’ll also learn new Jenkins features on the way, including declarative pipelines and the Blue Ocean interface.

Author(s): Brent Laster