Chapter 1. Preparatory Steps

In this first chapter, we will start off by looking at Jenkins from several different perspectives; how to obtain and run it, some of the ways and the reasons people use it, and what it provides to them. In doing so, we will take a look at some standard use cases and examine how a Jenkins installation will often evolve over a period of time—typically starting off with only the basic installation and core features, then progressively becoming more customized and advanced with different types of extensions. We will start off with "ready-made" plugins, and then progress towards extending these before looking at how to develop your own plugins.

We will then summarize the high-level aims of this book, and give the details ...

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