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1. Introducing Jenkins > Introducing Jenkins (née Hudson)

Introducing Jenkins (née Hudson)

Jenkins, originally called Hudson, is an open source Continuous Integration tool written in Java. Boasting a dominant market share, Jenkins is used by teams of all sizes, for projects in a wide variety of languages and technologies, including .NET, Ruby, Groovy, Grails, PHP and more, as well as Java. So what has made Jenkins such a success? And why use Jenkins for your CI infrastructure?

Firstly, Jenkins is easy to use. The user interface is simple, intuitive, and visually appealing, and Jenkins as a whole has a very low learning curve. As we will see in the next chapter, you can get started with Jenkins in a matter of minutes.

However Jenkins does not sacrifice power or extensibility: it is also extremely flexible and easy to adapt to your own purposes. Hundreds of open source plugins are available, with more coming out every week. These plugins cover everything from version control systems, build tools, code quality metrics, build notifiers, integration with external systems, UI customization, games, and much more. And installing them is quick and easy.


  

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