Excellent news for Github users

CloudBees release BuildHive - Jenkins-based CI build tool for GitHub,

Rejoice GitHub users, your prayers have been answered by the guys behind continuous integration server Jenkins. Yesterday at the Jenkins User Conference in New York (the second stop on the world tour), creator Kohsuke Kawaguchi revealed his latest project BuildHivea free service that lets you set up Jenkins-based continuous integration build/test jobs for your GitHub repositories with just a few mouse clicks.

Initially beginning as a Christmas side project, BuildHive soon spawned into a much bigger project under CloudBees. Powered by Jenkins, BuildHive aims to hook up to all that's good about GitHub and make it a simple as possible to get CI jobs underway. Although tailored towards Java projects initially (so Ant, Maven and Gradle), there's also the possibility to try BuildHive with some Ruby projects as well.

It's a simple 3-step process:

  1. Click the "login" link on the top right corner to login to BuildHive. You'll be asked to authorize BuildHive to retrieve information from your GitHub repositories.
  2. Click the "create project" link from the left and pick repositories for which you want to setup CI jobs by pressing the "click to enable" button
  3. Push changes to your repository via Git, and watch them built.

As the diagram above shows, the BuildHive homepage has a sleek look, with failed and successful builds scrolling across the top, almost looking like trading cards. They got blue if successful and red if they've failed - easy to grasp. At the time of writing it was a sea of red, but with time, you'd expect this to filter out as people get to know BuildHive better. 

In a blog, Kawaguchi discusses how BuildHive extends the capabilities of Jenkins:

Behind the scene, many of the features in BuildHive rely on our value-add plugins for Jenkins Enterprise by CloudBees, which are available for customers to use on their own Jenkins instances. For example, we use the Templates plugin to model various project types and for auto-sniffing. We use the Validated Merge plugin to speculatively build pull requests. So, while it isn't as easy as it could be, our customers can set up a similar environment in their own Jenkins instance, or they can re-use those pieces to create similar but different workflows.

There's only a small amount of activity currently going on, but it's only a day on from the announcement - we expect many to use this intriguing CI shortcut very soon, and that it will continue to grow with more open source plugins coming into play. For a debut, it's a terrific piece of kit, essential for any Jenkins/GitHub user.

Congratulations Jenkins commmunity for once again thinking outside the box.

Chris Mayer

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