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What’s New in Bamboo 3.1?

Jessica Thornsby

“Bamboo will continue to focus on making it easier for agile teams to automate their build, deploy and release process.”

Atlassian have just released version 3.1 of the Bamboo continuous integration server, with improved Bitbucket and GitHub integration, and with the Universal Plugin Manager included. In this interview, we speak to Atlassian’s Giancarlo Lionetti, to find out more about this new Bamboo release.

JAXenter: The 3.1 release of Bamboo replaces ‘Builders’ with ‘Tasks.’ What are the benefits of this new concept?

Giancarlo Lionetti: Previous to Bamboo 3.1, Builders were the heart of your Build. Unfortunately it was only possible to have one Builder per Plan… so if you wanted to do anything more than just run a Maven Goal or execute an Ant Target, you were stuck with creating a script that performs a number of actions. That was not only inconvenient to configure and setup, but it also wasn’t easy to debug when something went wrong.

Tasks replace Builders in Bamboo 3.1. Unlike Builders, a Job in Bamboo 3.1 can have any number of Tasks, which are executed against the same working directory in order. We’ve converted all existing Builders to Tasks and made sure old Builders will continue to work, although we do recommend that you upgrade any custom Builders you may have. Tasks are of course implemented as Plugins and we’ve made it really easy to write Task Plugins. And with the new Plugin Exchange, it’s easy to discover available Tasks and install them in your instance of Bamboo.

Tasks will give you a lot of flexibility when you set up your Build and we are excited to see the use-cases users will come up with. To make it as simple as possible to get a simple Build setup, we’ve even added a Script Task that allows users to write a bash or bat script inline.

JAXenter: What steps does Bamboo 3.1 take to help users parameterise their builds?

Giancarlo: Parameterised Builds allow you to customise parts of your Build when the
Build is run manually or via a script. Allowing you to run a different suite of tests, run on a different platform, run against a different set of test data or change version numbers on the fly.

JAXenter: The Universal Plugin Manager now comes bundled with Bamboo. What does this plugin add for Bamboo users?

Giancarlo: Managing plugins and performing Bamboo upgrades are now much easier. The
Universal Plugin Manager (UPM), already bundled with JIRA and Confluence, is now bundled with Bamboo. The UPM allows you to:

– Perform a plugin compatibility check before upgrading Bamboo.
– Install new plugins from the Atlassian Plugin Exchange

– Manage existing plugins installed on Bamboo
– With just one click, upgrade all plugins that have updates available.
– View and track updates made to plugins via the audit log.

JAXenter: What’s planned for upcoming releases of Bamboo?

Giancarlo: Bamboo will continue to focus on making it easier for agile teams to automate their build, deploy and release process. This includes more control over builds and build processes, jira integration and much more.

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