Saturday 16 April 2011

Hudson - Continuous Integration for a Google App Engine application

The last blog post described how to configure a Maven project for a Google App Engine application. 
To build and deploy the Maven artifacts you will need some command line hacking.

Hudson CI can be used to escape the command line for all this. Hudson is a continuous integration system for building and testing your projects. It has some cool features as distributed building and much more.

To install Hudson, or Jenkins as the main fork has rebranded it now after Oracle came into clinch with the open source community, simply download the war-archive from either the Jenkins or Hudson web site. My installation is old so I use a Hudson build.You can either deploy it in a web container such as Tomcat or simply use the built in bootstrap. To bootstrap the war archive

java -Dhudson.udp=32850 -jar hudson.war --httpPort=9090 --daemon --logfile=/home/johan/hudson/hudson.log

Access Hudson via http://localhost:8080/.

Goto Manage Hudson -> Configure System and enable Maven under the Maven subsection. Goto Manage Hudson -> Manage Plugins and install the plugins you need. In my case I have installed Cobertura Plugin for code coverage, Findbugs for static code analysis, Maven2 Project Plugin, checkstyle for Java code validation and the CVS plugin. You might need to bring in some sub dependencies like Static Analysis Collector Plug-In, static Analysis Utilities.

Now create a new job, under your job, click Configure and setup appropriate version control config. In my case
and correct CVS module and branch.

Under Build, choose correct Maven installation, probably /usr/bin/mvn. Then setup your Maven build goals. In this case the goals are, enable debug, clean, compile, test, create war archive and generate reports.


This will make Maven checkout your code, compile it, run the Maven plugins for creating xml reports for Findbugs and Checkstyle.

Now add Post-build Actions to integrate these reports into Hudson. Enable Publish Findbugs analysis results from file **/target/findbugsXml.xml

Add similar report integrations by enabling publishing the following reports target/surefire-reports/*.xml for JUnit tests, **/target/site/cobertura/coverage.xml for Cobertura code coverage and so forth. 

Now build your Hudson job by clicking Build Now and the Maven goals are executed to checkout, build, test and creates reports of the project. Then the post action goals kicks in and updates the dashboards of Hudson to show the results of the build.

Cobertura allows you to see on a package level the unit test coverage and the possibility to drill down on package and file level. Similar graphs and drilling can be done on Findbugs, Checkstyle and JUnit test reports.

Cobertura reporting on file level
JUnit test reports over time, red indicates test cases have failed during those builds.
Checkstyle reports Java code issues and the interface makes drilling easy.
In this example Hudson will generate a war archive ready for deployment to a web or application server.

The Maven build could be extended to deploy the war at a local server to also run the web tests as a part of the Hudson job.

If you wish to also incorporate production deployment in the Hudson process you could use the Google App Engine scripting possibilities. Add a build step which does something like this to upload your newly built war archive to GAE.

appengine-java-sdk\bin\appcfg.cmd --email --passin password update myapp/war

The same script can be used to download logs from production via
appengine-java-sdk/bin/ request_logs myapp/war mylogs.txt

Theres a bunch of more handy commands for scripting GAE if you run through the docs at

Next time I'll try to describe what the production environment offers in addition to the local development environment.


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