How to Clone a Jenkins Job: The Definitive Guide

Jenkins jobs are the basic building blocks in your continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines. You create jobs to build, test, package, and deploy your code, then mix and match them in pipelines to adapt to different requirements and situations. Your CI/CD pipelines consist of Jenkins jobs, but that doesn’t mean the jobs are small, easy to create, or simple to maintain. The jobs have many moving parts, and building them from scratch can be time-consuming and error-prone. It’s easier to create basic job templates and copy, or “clone,” them when necessary than it is to create new ones from scratch. In this post from Eric Goebelbecker on CloudBees’ blog, you can look at different types of Jenkins jobs, explore how to clone them, and discuss a few situations where cloning jobs will make your life easier.

DevOps Methodology: Understanding the Approach and Philosophy

We all recognize by now that technology must constantly become faster and more secure. The market demand to build software of higher and higher quality has resulted in the widespread adoption of software processes (such as agile methodology) designed to deliver a safe, working product as fast as possible. DevOps, an extension of agile, has been around for quite some time. It’s now gaining popularity in large enterprises because they have begun to see and understand its ability to speed up software development and deployment. It’s worth noting that DevOps is often viewed as a tool, although this is an oversimplification. In this post from Ifenna Okoye on CloudBees’ blog, you can look at DevOps as a cultural approach.

What Is Docker?

Docker is the most widely used container platform today. But what is Docker, and what do you need to know about it? How can Docker help you manage your IT infrastructure? Can it help you lower costs and improve uptime? This post will cover what Docker is, what it’s suitable for, and what it’s not so good for. Then it’ll show you how to quickly get started using it. Learn more in this post from Eric Goebelbecker on Solarwinds Papertrail’s blog. 

What Is a Staging Environment? How to Get It Right

As user expectations continue to rise, DevOps teams are under enormous pressure to bring high-quality software to market. As such, teams are now paying more attention to pre-production testing and looking for ways to reduce flaws and vulnerabilities before releasing products. Software teams typically integrate a dedicated staging environment into their continuous integration/continuous development (CI/CD) pipelines to simulate software before its release and remediate any underlying issues. In fact, staging is one of the most important parts of the pre-production testing process. Read on in this post from Justin Reynolds on Plutora’s blog to learn more about what a staging environment is, why it’s important, and how it differs from a production environment.

Getting Started With Faker.js: A Developer’s Guide

We also updated a post recently on Faker.js. Testing applications seems easy…until the project gets bigger, and you need complete system testing along with unit and integration testing. But what happens when software testing is primarily data-driven and a chunk of test data doesn’t work? In that case, you need a large amount of mock data to test the system thoroughly. So, to get a massive set of data, you might need to insert it into the database. What if you could get all the mock data you need to test the software using a simple JavaScript library? Faker.js is one such popular JavaScript module. It generates large amounts of fake data to ease the process of data-driven testing. In this post on Testim’s blog, you can get started with Faker.js.