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Jenkins Pipeline and Data Visualization Dashboard

Gursimran Singh | 07 February 2017

Overview of Building Interactive Dashboard with Jenkins
  • Jenkins is an open-source Java-based third-party server, which provides a content-based dashboard.
  • It helps organizations to build, test, and deploy projects automatically for each & every change and commits they made in their files or projects.
  • React-D3 is a Javascript library to build reusable components and interactive charts. React-D3 is a highly composable and declarative chart library, creates different types of charts such as line chart or bar chart and many more.

Challenges for Building the Dashboard

Jenkins already offers a handful of third-party dashboards with many features that an organization and user need to builds, test, and deploy their software, but the existing dashboard is -
  • Less Interactive and Flexible.
  • No Proper listing of projects, jobs, builds, and builds status.
  • Content-Based Dashboard with fewer visualizations.

Solution Offerings for Building the Dashboard

  • Implement a Read-Only dashboard for Jenkins using Jenkins REST API for data, and React.JS and D3.JS Charts to build a flexible, interactive, graphical Jenkins Dashboard.
  • First, integrate D3 Charts Library with the React Application.
  • Use Jenkins REST API and manipulate to visualize different types of charts and data in the dashboard.
Some of the primary vital features of React.JS Based Jenkins Dashboard are -
  • Responsive, Cross browser & flexible Dashboard UI.
  • Manipulate the REST API data as per requirement.
  • Live data update according to the existing Jenkins Dashboard.
  • Graph-based view of data using React D3 Charts libraries.
  • Filter based view of data(like last 15, 30 days, or custom date range, builds status & many more).
  • Quickly get the status of last committed changes or jobs and many more.

Building and Monitoring Jenkins Pipeline

Jenkins Pipeline Architecture

  • Configure a build environment.
  • Check the code.
  • Build code without using environment specific settings for the build process independent of the environment.
  • Perform quality controls consisting of running tests and code quality checks.
  • Code Deployment on Continuous Integration environment.
  • Run functional tests and deploy code on the testing environment.
  • Code deployment on the User Acceptance and Production environment.

Features of Jenkins Pipeline

  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery Automation.
  • Reliable and Efficient.
  • Iterative Development and Access Control.
  • Multi-branch Pipelines.
  • Elimination of manual job creation and management.
  • Version Control.
  • Extended and Integrated with other plugins

Monitoring and Visualizing Jenkins Pipeline

  • Visualize job duration metrics.
  • Use Real Jenkins Pipeline.
  • Develop Pipeline as Code.
  • Logical Segmentation of Pipeline called as Stages.
  • Branch Pipeline in parallel steps.
  • Acquire nodes within parallelism.
  • Don't use input within node block.
  • Time Out plans for inputs.
  • Don't set environment variables with global environment variables.
  • Downstream Buildview Plugin to visualize.
  • Display status and progress of selected jobs.
  • Support job view filters and build view analyzer.
  • Support Claim Plugin to find broken build.

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