Jenkins Review

Enables continuous build and testing, and distributed execution of build and test jobs


What is most valuable?

  • Continuous build and testing
  • Distributed execution of build and test jobs

It is essential for software development and team collaboration. Without this tool, we would be helpless.

How has it helped my organization?

Immediate feedback on build errors, regression.

What needs improvement?

Pipelines are still young and promising. But this part still has some room for improvement.

The documentation on plugin development could be better: more examples. 

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Sometimes, out-of-memory problems, but lately this has not occurred often. Sometimes there are obscure Java errors which are hard to understand.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

If there is a problem, I usually find the solution in the community. It is a large community and that helps a lot. Also, there are very valuable conferences.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I used CruiseControl but this died.

How was the initial setup?

Very easy setup which has even improved over the years. Now I use Docker. Installation of plugins is also very easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is a free product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

BuildBot and CruiseControl.

What other advice do I have?

Don't forget to look into the plugins. It's not only Jenkins but also the plugins which make it a very valuable product.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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