Fast and reliable build pipelines are crucial to the success of modern day engineering teams. Check out this quick guide that can help DevOps/SRE teams to streamline the integration of development and testing processes through CI/CD tools.
All software companies are committed to providing services that are useful, appreciated, and shared. Therefore, it all boils down to delivering reliable software to users and consumers.
Continuous Integration(CI) and Continuous Delivery(CD) processes allow developers to easily commit code to a shared repository while ensuring development of the highest quality.
Gitlab reported in its 2020 survey that 83% of developers are releasing code faster using CI/CD tools. In fact, 60% are deploying code multiple times a day! The good news is, CI/CD reduces operational complexity, improves developer productivity, and allows them to focus on value-adding tasks.
So in this blog, let’s explore what exactly is CI/CD and how engineering teams can leverage it for better output.
Continuous Integration (CI) is a software development practice where members of a team (individual developers) integrate their code frequently, at least daily – leading to multiple integrations per day. In addition, each integration is validated by an automated build (including tests) so that integration errors can be detected quickly.
This process of automating the build, test, and source code validation is called Continuous Integration.
Continuous Delivery (CD) is a software development process in which teams develop and deploy software in short cycles, ensuring that the software can be reliably released at any time. It automates the entire delivery process, including the deployment stages. By using automated testing and automated deployment, you can release code to production with just a click of a button.
The following reasons justify the need for CI/CD:
The below diagram is that of the DevOps lifecycle. This demonstrates the various stages a software product passes through during the development process.
Jez Humble and David Farley in their book on “Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation” summarized the CI/CD process as,
"The deployment pipeline is a model of this process, and its incarnation in a continuous integration and release management tool is what allows you to see and control the progress of each change as it moves from version control through various sets of tests and deployments to release to users."
Continuous Delivery (CD) and Continuous Integration (CI) are two of the most important elements in today's software development. They reduce risks, create a more stable framework for building and delivering solutions, but what makes both so useful? They allow fast turnaround times, enable collaboration between team members, and provide easy rollback capabilities.
For instance, it includes setting up a complete development environment using Docker Compose, building images using Dockerfile, deploying the images to different environments (dev, staging, and production), and running automated tests against the deployed application.
Have you ever set up a CI/CD process for your application and wondered how customers could possibly keep their applications up-to-date? Actually, it isn't too difficult.
As your infrastructure and deployment processes evolve, so too does the way you alert customers of updates. Application release automation solutions help customers to automatically upgrade versions of code to reduce the amount of time that they are running outdated software. These solutions are also useful for reducing security risks that can come with known vulnerabilities if you can reduce the window during which no update exists.
Furthermore, continuous testing helps to automate the testing activities from the development phase to the release phase. It also enables testing across different environments using the same test scripts. Continuous testing is the foundation of build and delivery pipelines that many teams are adopting, which has now become an integral part of the DevOps culture.
CI/CD pipelines have been streamlined with new automation tools since companies turned to DevOps. In addition, these tools are compatible with leading project management and development tools, such as Jira and Git. These automation tools are easy to integrate with other SaaS tools as well. Here is the list of popular CI/CD Tools.
One of the most important qualities of any deployment pipeline is how consistent and reliable it is, especially when considering that any bugs found late in the process can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
The CI/CD framework today, however, offers a lot of benefits by allowing seamless integration between development, test and deployment. With the increasing number of changes and bugs that arise, it is essential to have smooth integration. This will increase productivity and ultimately give an edge over competitors.
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