In the Jenkins instance of my company we have now over 80 jobs. Sometimes i have to configure the same thing in many jobs, and the easiest thing for that is a Groovy script.
To execute Groovy scripts, you just have to go to “Manage Jenkins” and then “Script console”. But there is one problem with the script console: Do you always remember all methods of all classes in Jenkins and its plugins? I do not, and i don’t always want to read all Javadocs. So my thought was, how can i use the features like code completion in my favourite IDE, Eclipse, to write the Groovy scripts.
All you need is Eclipse with the m2e and the Groovy plugin. Now create a new Maven project (i called mine “jenkinsgroovy”) and add at least jenkins-core and the plugins you need as dependency in the pom.xml. Your pom.xml should look like this to start:
To add the Groovy compiler and libraries to that project, you have to make a right click on the project, choose “Configure” and then “Convert to Groovy project”. Now you can simply create Groovy scripts (i created them in the folder src/main/java), and for example refer to Jenkins.instance with code completion. Everytime you need classes of new plugins, just add the plugins in your pom.xml and all dependencies are automatically downloaded.
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