Parameterised Builds using Jenkins

My experiments with CI using Jenkins continue.

Latest in the list of requirements is being able to specify parameters to the build so that we don’t need to modify the configuration of a build and save it each time a deployment is done of a new version (with a new drop folder).

Adding parameters to a build configuration is really easy. First, open the configuration page for your build. Check the “Build is Parameterised” box.

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You can then fill in variables - the name, a default value and a description. The variable name is the name of the environment variable that will be created, the default value is, as you would expect, the default value you are prompted with the next time you select build (which is now changed to Build with Parameters) and the description gives a hint when the build parameters dialog is shown.

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So that turns the horrible, hard-coded script in the Windows Powershell step into a set of parameters read from environment variables:

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And the build command itself now has a set of variables, with defaults, ready for you to fill in.

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