1.0.0-alpha-9 • Public • Published

    Jenkins CI core JavaScript module (CommonJS).

    Install Package:

    npm install --save jenkins-js-core

    __ TODO__ Maybe rename to "jenkins-modules".

    The "problem"

    Browserify is a really nice solution for modularising CommonJS style JavaScript code for running in the browser. The problems for Jenkins are:

    1. There are many components potentially building JavaScript modules, all requiring access to common JavaScript libraries (jQuery, Bootstrap, jQuery UI etc). We don't want each module loading their own copy of jQuery etc.
    2. Jenkins is not a website built by one team of developers. There are 1000+ plugins now, all contributing to the UI and all developed in different "eras", which among other things means they will be developed to work against different versions of JavaScript libraries.
      • jQuery is the really big concern here, where the version issue is exacerbated by the jQuery extensions issue i.e. Jenkins may have a single jQuery instance with a varying version + any number of unknown jQuery extensions "glom'd" onto it, all potentially conflicting with each other. So in effect, this is basically replicating the global window namespace issues of old into the $ namespace. This is not sustainable for Jenkins and is guaranteed to lead to all sorts of strange UI errors. See "jquery-detached"
    3. It is expect that Jenkins plugins will be building shareable JavaScript components e.g. a plugin that has a REST API could expose that rest API to other plugin UI components via a JavaScript module.

    Browserify can be used to build a single, self contained JavaScript bundle. The modules in that bundle can require other modules in the bundle, but cannot require modules from other bundles. That means each bundle needs to include everything it needs, including jQuery and other framework libraries. This is not sustainable for Jenkins and is the problem that this module is targeted at i.e. to allow plugins (or Jenkins core) that are building self contained CommonJS style JavaScript modules (using Browserify if they want) to "export" one or more of those modules in the browser, allowing those modules to be "required" across bundle boundaries.

    Exporting JavaScript modules

    A Jenkins Plugin can "export" a JavaScript module (CommonJS style module) by calling require('jenkins-js-core').exportModule, allowing other plugin bundles to require that module (see next section).

    exports.add = function(lhs, rhs {
        return lhs + hrs;
    // export the module/bundle
    require('jenkins-js-core').exportModule('pluginA', 'mathUtils', exports);

    We assume that the plugin bundle JavaScript is bundled using Browserify, and can be loaded from <jenkins>/plugin/<pluginName>/jsmodules/<moduleName>.js e.g. /jenkins/plugin/pluginA/jsmodules/mathUtils.js.

    Requiring/importing JavaScript modules

    A JavaScript module in one plugin ("pluginB") can "require" a module from another plugin ("pluginA" see above) by calling require('jenkins-js-core').requireModule.

    var mathUtil; // initialise once the module is loaded and registered 
    // The require is async (returning a Promise) because the 'pluginA:mathUtils' is loaded async.
    require('jenkins-js-core').requireModule('pluginA', 'mathUtils')
        .then(function(module) {
            // Module loaded ok
            mathUtil = module;
        .catch(function(error) {
            // Module didn't load for some reason e.g. a timeout
    exports.magicFunc = function() {
        // might want to assert mathUtil is initialised
        // do stuff ...

    If require('jenkins-js-core').requireModule is called for a module that is not yet loaded, require('jenkins-js-core').requireModule will trigger the loading of that module from the plugin, hence the async/promise nature i.e. you can't synchronously get a module.




    npm i jenkins-js-core

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