Good SOA Pipeline Plumbing by Gregory Hughlett


Starting Up

The arrival of the Jenkins Pipeline feature coincided with the the addition of Maven in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c release.  Jenkins pipelines now easily leverage Maven phases and goals for Fusion Middleware application deployments, including SOA/BPM composite applications and Service Bus projects.  This is the first in a series of blogs that will present three deployment workflows (pipelines) implemented in Jenkins for Oracle SOA projects.  The workflows will utilize Git source control, Git Flow branching methodology and scripts.  It also assumes the use of a managed Maven repository where application and FMW Maven artifacts are centralized.  Although the blogs primarily address SOA, there will be discussions about Metadata Services (MDS) and Service Bus (OSB) deployments.     

Although the approach defined here in Jenkins is leverages open source tools organizations should weigh the approach outlined here to the benefits (e.g. support and upgrades) that a commercial product brings to the table, like MyST from Rubicon Red.  MyST provides both platform provisioning and application release management tools that enable you to move the associated WebLogic artifacts (like data sources, queues, topics) when the application is promoted to higher environments.  Both are versioned nicely in MyST and easily migrated in the MyST release management dashboard. 

Jenkins however is the most widely adopted open source build server available, highly scalable, with a very large library of plugins to accomplish virtually any build task.  Jenkins provides a way to automate the tasks associated with building and deploying a application component using the Groovy language that leverages an extensive plugin library exposed through Java, referred to as a "pipeline".   The pipeline provides a graphical view of the deployment, as a series of stages, e.g. "Checkout", "Package", "Deploy", "Test".   Additionally there are manual gateways that can be implemented in a pipeline that only certain groups or users can performed, in the form of role-based assignments. Read the complete article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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