Jenkins vs Pants: What are the differences?
Jenkins: An extendable open source continuous integration server. In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project; Pants: Build system by Twitter, Foursquare, and Square. Pants is a build system for Java, Scala and Python. It works particularly well for a source code repository that contains many distinct projects.
Jenkins can be classified as a tool in the "Continuous Integration" category, while Pants is grouped under "Java Build Tools".
Some of the features offered by Jenkins are:
- Easy installation
- Easy configuration
- Change set support
On the other hand, Pants provides the following key features:
- Builds Java, Scala, and Python.
- Adding support for new languages is straightforward.
- Supports code generation: thrift, protocol buffers, custom code generators.
"Hosted internally" is the top reason why over 497 developers like Jenkins, while over 5 developers mention "Creates deployable packages" as the leading cause for choosing Pants.
Jenkins and Pants are both open source tools. It seems that Jenkins with 13.3K GitHub stars and 5.48K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Pants with 1.16K GitHub stars and 333 GitHub forks.
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