Jenkins User Conference is a large gathering of Jenkins users and developers in the community. It’s been held in various parts of the world, but there’s always one in the San Francisco bay area, and every year it just keeps getting bigger. This year, we completely sold out all 450 tickets, and another 600 people signed up to watch the live stream. We the Jenkins people came out in such force that we even ran out of the parking spaces in the facility.
I kicked off the event, highlighting the growth of the project and the amazing community that keeps on delivering. I then got more technical to cover various efforts inside the project (such as the unified credentials store, major refactoring of the Git plugin, and Winstone/Jetty marriage), scalability improvements (such as reduced resource consumption, performance improvements, and SSH connection improvements).
Harpreet and I gave a separate talk on what CloudBees is doing in/on/around Jenkins. We talked about the brand-new “literate” project type from Stephen Connolly. We talked about how we create elastic slaves on our hosted Jenkins-as-a-Service, including brand new OS X build slaves.
Because of all that’s going on in the conference day, I couldn’t attend all the talks (so I’m looking forward to the videos to get posted. Follow @jenkinsconf to get notified!), but of the ones that I went to, I found the Maintaining Huge Jenkins Clusters - Have We Reached the Limit of Jenkins? talk very educational. Robert Sandell went over all the stuff he built around his Jenkins instances at Sony, which is probably home to one of the largest deployments in the world, to gather statistics and keep the cluster operating smoothly — the kind of stuff I’d love to put back into Jenkins so that everyone can be as successful as Robert!
JUC was followed by another smaller attached event the day after, dubbed Jenkins Scalability Summit. We’ll talk more about this in another post.
This year, we pimped up the name tags by attaching extra sheets of paper, encouraging people who are active in the community to show off what they do. I’ve heard good feedback for this, so I think we’ll be doing this again. Some of the “toys” I brought in for the keynote didn’t work, unfortunately, so you’ll have to come back next year to see them in action.
Before I finish this post, I wanted to thank everyone who came — please send us your feedback or leave a comment so that we can make this better next time. A special shout out to Alyssa, Lisa, Heidi and Andre, who led the real heavy lifting of running this event. And finally, an event like this would have been impossible without generous sponsors. They were very understanding that this is an open-source community event. I thought the least we could do is to give them a platform to speak, so here are a few words from them:
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