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Docker image for Pipeline demo

This container includes Jenkins with Pipeline plugin and Jetty to demonstrate a continuous delivery pipeline of Java web application. It highlights key parts of the Pipeline plugin:

Run it like:

docker volume create --name=m2repo
sudo chmod a+rw $(docker volume inspect -f '{{.Mountpoint}}' m2repo)
docker run --rm -p -p -p -p -ti -v m2repo:/m2repo jenkinsci/workflow-demo

Jenkins runs on port 8080, and Jetty runs on port 8081. The Jenkins CLI is accessible via SSH on port 2222.

Note: If using boot2docker, you will need to connect using the boot2docker VM's IP (instead of localhost). You can get this by running boot2docker ip on the command line. Alternatively, you can use to auto forward ports to make them acessible from localhost.

The continuous delivery pipeline consists of the following sequence.

  • Loads the Pipeline script from Jenkinsfile in a local Git repository. You may clone from, edit, and push to git://localhost/repo. Each branch automatically creates a matching subproject that builds that branch.
  • Checks out source code from the same repository and commit as Jenkinsfile.
  • Loads a set of utility functions from a library in a separate repository.
  • Builds sources via Maven with unit testing.
  • Run two parallel integration tests that involve deploying the app to a PaaS-like ephemeral server instances, which get thrown away when tests are done (this is done by using auto-deployment of Jetty)
  • Once integration tests are successful, the webapp gets to the staging server at http://localhost:8081/staging/
  • Human will manually inspect the staging instance, and when ready, approves the deployment to the production server at http://localhost:8081/production/
  • Pipeline completes

To log in to the container, get nsenter and you can use docker-enter, or just use docker exec -ti $container /bin/bash. This is useful to kill Jetty to simulate a failure in the production deployment (via pkill -9 -f jetty) or restart it (via jetty &)

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Sample demo scenario

  • Explain the setup of the continuous delivery pipeline in a picture
  • Go to job configuration and walk through the Pipeline script and how that implements the pipeline explained above
    • Discuss use of abstractions like functions to organize complex pipeline
    • Highlight and explain some of the primitives, such as stage, input, and node
  • Get one build going, and watch Jetty top page to see ephemeral test instances deployed and deleted
  • When it gets to the pause, go to the pause UI in the build top page (left on the action list) and terminate the pipeline
  • Get another build going, but this time restart the Jenkins instance while the pipeline is in progress via restart UI. Doing this while the integration test is running, as steps like Git checkout will get disrupted by restart.

CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise variant

If you would like to see CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise features (such as checkpoints), see the extended demo page.