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Jenkins without plugins is almost useless. All plugins are treated equal and published almost right away. Because there is no process for testing Jenkins' integration, the overall Jenkins experience is not that great. Furthermore, Jenkins' core and plugins are released on a regular basis, all requiring instant restarts, meaning that updates appear more than once a day! See More
There have been several complaints by users regarding the quality of the plug-ins found in Jenkins' official plugin repo. A lot of plugins found in the default plugin directory are no longer actively maintained and as a result, they may be incompatible with later versions of Jenkins or other plugins. See More
This is called the Jenkins Long-Term Support (LTS) version and helps to provide the most stable and assuring version of the Jenkins CI possible. Every 3 months, a version (which has been deemed the most reliable by the community) is chosen. After this, its branched, well-tested features are added (if they are missing), it is tested with the new features, bug fixes are then carried out if necessary, and from there it is released as the official Jenkins LTS version. See More
Starting with Jenkins 2.0, the pipeline capability, which has been available as a plugin before this version, has been built into Jenkins itself. This allows developers to describe their chain of automation in text form, which can be version controlled and put alongside the source tree. See More
The fact that it is based on Java does not hinder TeamCity's ability to support different build environments. TeamCity in fact supports a large number of languages and tools for each of those languages (build runners and test frameworks). Some of the languages/platforms that are supported include: Ruby, .NET, Java. See More
The user can easily compose dependencies between builds by adding snapshot and artifact dependencies, all on the one screen. All output of upstream builds is available to downstream builds. Triggering sets off the entire build chain and supports re-running of the portions of the chain that failed. See More
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