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Continuous Delivery to JBoss EAP and OpenShift with the CloudBees Jenkins Platform

If you are using JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) for J2EE development, the CloudBees Jenkins Platform provides an enterprise-class toolchain for an automated CI/CD from development to production.

The CloudBees Jenkins Platform now supports integrations with both Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) and Red Hat OpenShift across the software delivery pipeline. This enables developers to build, test and deploy applications, with Jenkins-based continuous delivery pipelines in JBoss via JBoss EAP 7 or JBoss EAP 7 on OpenShift.

The following examples are based in Jenkins Pipeline plugins, which create complex pipelines, if needed, , to model their software delivery process. If you are not familiar with with the CloudBees Jenkins Pipeline plugin you may find  these two blog posts  helpful for ramping up: Using the Pipeline Plugin to Accelerate Continuous Delivery — Part 1 and Part 2.

Let’s get started. In a typical CI/CD pipeline, your process would be similar to this one:

  • Developers commit code to the SCM, which will notify Jenkins via web-hooks.
  • Jenkins compiles the code and execute a series of test on it: static code analysis, code metrics, unit testing, etc.
  • If everything goes well, Jenkins would deploy the code to a development environment.  This step typically /may  require a manual approval depending on the use of that environment. A typical use case is having the application deployed just to be able to run further validations with tools like Selenium.
  • The steps that follow would promote the application between the various environments and to validate that the deployment was correct.

Let’s see how the build, deployment and promotion between the various environment can be done for both types of JBoss installs, to JBoss EAP7 and to JBoss EAP 7 on OpenShift,  and the differences between them.

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An Announcement for JBoss Core Services Collection

Red Hat JBoss Core Services Collection is a group of common services that are critical for application developers. The services included change as new services and projects are added over time, but the idea is to include common, developer-friendly projects under a single subscription. The collection makes it much easier for developers to access these services.

The launch of the Core Services Collection includes services that focus on three areas: web servers, security, and monitoring.

New Components

There are six components available in the launch of Core Services Collection:

  • JBoss Operations Network, which is based on the former RHQ project (now Hawkular). From a high level, this is a monitoring and management server, but the key is that it is developed in parallel with other JBoss products, so there is tight integration with other JBoss products. This centralizes all management for JBoss middleware products and also for Java applications running on JBoss EAP.
  • An integrated single sign-on server based on the Keycloak project. This SSO server supports SAML 2.0, OAuth, and OpenID and it can work with LDAP servers and Active Directory for user identity management. Keycloak SSO makes it a lot easier to define user domains, federated identities, and client applications because it has a very simple graphical UI, as well as REST APIs.
  • The Apache Commons Jsvc daemon provides a way to manage Java virtual machines on Unix/Linux; in general, this is used as a wrapper for Java applications so that those applications can be managed by native system tools.
  • Apache HTTP server is the most-used web server in the world. Web servers are used to route traffic and load balance requests to JBoss EAP and other middleware servers.
  • Web connectors provide a connection with third-party web servers which need to interact with JBoss middleware products and may not have a native connection. For this release, there are two connectors available:
    • Microsoft IIS
    • Oracle iPlanet

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