This plugin provides a Build Pipeline View of upstream and downstream connected jobs that typically form a build pipeline. In addition, it offers the ability to define manual triggers for jobs that require intervention prior to execution, e.g. an approval process outside of Jenkins.
Lets make this better together! Build Pipeline Plugin - How to Contribute
Continuous Integration has become a widely adopted practice in modern software development. Jenkins & Hudson are great tools for supporting Continuous Integration.
Taking it to the next level: Continuous integration can become the centerpiece of your deployment pipeline, orchestrating the promotion of a version of software through quality gates and into production. By extending the concepts of CI you can create a chain of jobs each one subjecting your build to quality assurance steps. These QA steps may be a combination of manual and automated steps. Once a build has passed all these, it can be automatically deployed into production.
In order to better support this process, we have developed the Build Pipeline Plugin. This gives the ability to form a chain of jobs based on their upstream\downstream dependencies. Downstream jobs may, as per the default behaviours, be triggered automatically ,or by a suitable authorised user manually triggering it.
You can also see a history of pipelines in a view, the current status and where each version got to in the chain based on its revision number in VCS.
The Pipeline View
The Build Pipeline Plugin handles the creation of multiple automatic and/or manually triggered downstream build steps on the same project.
When upgrading from 1.0.0 to 1.1.x some of the previous view and job configuration fields have been removed. You may notice some errors of the following errors appearing in the Hudson/Jenkins log.
WARNING: Skipping a non-existent field downstreamProjectName com.thoughtworks.xstream.converters.reflection.NonExistentFieldException: No such field au.com.centrumsystems.hudson.plugin.buildpipeline.trigger.BuildPipelineTrigger.downstreamProjectName
This is because the configuration files refer to old fields that may no longer exist.
In order to correct these issues go to the Job configuration page, confirm that all of the details are correct and click on the Save button.
The canonical reference for pipelines is the book Continuous Delivery.
Chapter 5 of the book, which describes how deployment pipelines work, is available for free here.