DevOps & Continuous Integration

In today’s competitive business environment, DevOps has proven to provide the key benefits of increasing the speed, efficiency and the quality of software delivery and hence, shorten the software development life cycles.

DevOps basically means ‘Development Operations’ which affect the organizational performances to meet the ever-growing industry standards. Since the software development process has always been a long and complex one, using DevOps fuels better communications and collaborations between the teams and individuals. DevOps has been all about delivering more and a higher quality of IT innovation to the end users quite faster.

One of the important software development practice is Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery or Deployment for automating the development processes and running automated builds and tests.

Continuous integration (CI) is basically merging all the developer’s code to a central location and validating each one of them. The CI process includes:

  • Merging the code of all the developers

  • Triggering a build

  • Code compilation and validation

  • Unit testing

Thus Continuous Integration lets a developer know immediately whether his/her code has been built successfully or contains some errors by quicker code analysis.

How to get started with Continuous Integration as a service?

A short list of basics which lets you easily set up and running with the continuous integration service are:

– Implementing version controls of your choice such as Git, Bitbucket etc.

– Writing tests in your code base.

– Get a suitable continuous integration service which enables you to run various tests.

– Deploy your builds where you need them.

Benefits of CI:

  • It reduces human errors by following the automated processes.

  • Continuous integration reduces the dependencies of people in a team and allows the team members to work in parallel without facing any delays in work.

  • Allows the developers to build error-free code by checking and validating, even a single line of code at various intervals.

  • Increased transparency and visibility as you are able to gather the issues which tend to break the builds more often.

  • Continuous integration lets you deliver builds frequently and reliably and thus improve the quality of the end products produced so far.

  • With implementing CI as your routine service, it helps in efficient overall development as well in terms of Security, Performance and Employee management.

DevOps focuses on the adoption of agile practices and improve the collaborations between operation and the development teams. Continuous integration serves as a pillar of DevOps by enabling the delivery of high-quality software and meeting business requirements.