Liferay, Red Hat Join as Sponsors for Jenkins User Conference

Greetings Jenkins Users!

Things are coming together nicely for the Jenkins User Conference (JUC) that will be held on October 2, which is the day before the start of the JavaOne conference in San Francisco. I am excited about the value of this conference for the Jenkins Community. It will bring together Jenkins users from all over the world and will be a great forum for all of us to share best practices, tips ‘n tricks, and other expertise - all with Jenkins as the common denominator.

As the conference takes shape, I am extremely excited about two additional sponsors who have stepped up to join CloudBees in sponsoring JUC. They are: Liferay and Red Hat.

Liferay is one of the most popular open source Java based portals in the market. They have a huge developer community and user community. Liferay makes extensive use of Jenkins as their development platform. Expect to see a session from them describing their use-case and the lessons they have learned in setting up their Jenkins environment.

You can read about Liferay’s Jenkins environment on one of Brian Chan’s blogs. Liferay runs about 800 backend and 200 Selenium tests on every commit (you need an account on their system to view it). For Liferay users, here is another blog that lists how to run Liferay jobs on Jenkins.

As an aside, not many know that Paul Hinz, CMO of Liferay, was at Sun Microsystems and was a pivotal decision maker in funding Kohsuke’s hobby project called Hudson. Paul was also pivotal in releasing Hudson as a product within the now defunct GlassFish Portfolio, which I worked on. Considering the legacy Paul has with Hudson - and by default, Jenkins - we should all feel honored to have Paul and Liferay support JUC!

The third sponsor that has stepped forward is Red Hat. What can I say about Red Hat - is there anyone who doesn’t know them? Red Hat has been running Jenkins/Hudson for years and has made their Jenkins QA page publicly visible. A funny personal note is that when I worked at Sun and was managing marketing for the Glassfish Portfolio, I used to show this page to potential Hudson clients and mention that Redhat JBoss uses GlassFish Portfolio :). Sometimes it’s a small world - especially in the development space - competitors become friends and friends become competitors! Along with CloudBees and Liferay, it feels really great to see Red Hat endorse JUC, as well.

However, what is most exciting for me is that these two companies are leaders in their respective markets and are also hard-core users of Jenkins. To have the established user community endorse JUC - and actively participate in it - is significant.

Watch the JUC page. Over the next few weeks as we fill in session content and round out the agenda, there will be lots of new information posted. More sponsors are in the works and we have some other exciting plans for you!

So if you haven’t already, be sure to register for JUC. Thanks to sponsors such as CloudBees, Liferay, and Red Hat, it is FREE!

Register here for JUC.

See you at JUC!