What is Continuous Integration (CI)?
In recent years, a practice "Continuous Integration" was adopted rapidly in the software industry. This practice has made life easier for developers. So, let’s see what Continuous Integration is?
Continuous Integration (CI) is a modern software development practice where developers used shared repository to integrate their written code early and frequently, multiple times in a day. After that each integration verified by automated build and automated tests.
In other way we can say Continuous Integration approach facilitates developers to share or merge their code or changes after every task completion in a central repository.
The objectives of this practice are being to discover and address bugs at the earlier stage of the development, enhance programming quality, and decrease the time it takes to approve release new updates.
Advantage of Continuous Integration(CI)for each organization
Early Issue & Bug detection - CI practices helps to detect issue or bugs quickly and that time it’s easy to track and resolve due to small change sets. This saves time and money as well of a project.
Automation - CI practices encourage automation and it is considered as the first step of automation in software development lifecycle.
Communication - When CI process adopted by organization it’s easy to share code frequently and regularly which helps in visibility and collaboration among team mates. This collaboration increase the speed and efficiency as everyone from the team member on the same page anytime.
Integration Problems - Developers often work in detachment, and afterward they need to integrate their changes and modifications with other team member’s code base. Waiting for so long time it creates various conflicts, bugs, diverging code strategies, and duplicated efforts. By implementing CI we can reduce this long and stressful integration process.
Productivity - Continuous integration also beneficial in terms of productivity. As developers don’t need to do manual or stressful tasks which encourages their behavior and saves their energy which they can utilize for better and quality release.
Faster Delivery – As it’s clear that CI implementation help in reducing integration problems and earlier detection of bug and issues which ultimately helps developers and teams to work and deliver the product or project faster to client or end users.
Reduced overheads – As CI encourages automation which is something very important which saves your time, energy and money. Work can be repetitive if the issue or bug is detected later in the stage which burns times and money for the organization.Another thing if new developer introduced in the teams than they can also get up and running faster since they won't need to learn all the steps involved that CI is now responsible for.
What are the popular tools and languages we have for Continuous Integration training?
Bamboo – Bamboo is also amongst the most popular Continuous integration tool which is used by developers to automate the procedure of applications and software release management, it provides streamline process for build delivery. We can say it is tool which execute automate build, test, and releases in a single place.
Jenkins –Jenkins is considered as one of the top and best continuous integration tool. It is an open source tool which comes with rich plugins ecosystem. It helps teams to automate their work environment. Basic uses incorporate building projects, running tests, bug identification, code examination, and deployment.
TeamCity – TeamCity is considered as an intelligent CI tool for all size of software environments. It is built to support variety of latest software’s stack, platforms, tools and frameworks. It performs automatic code coverage, analysis and duplication errors and it saves and backup the all modifications, failures and build for future references.
Team Foundation Server –Team foundation server (TFS) is a product of Internet giant Microsoft. This tool can work very effectively for all shapes and sizes. This tool is one stop solution for code repositories, continuous integration, and bug or task tracking which is really helpful in better planning, code together and ship faster.
IBM Rational Build Forge – IBM rational Build forge enable high performance build and agile software development. Its adapted build and release management framework helps development teams to standardize repetitive task, manage complaints and aids and share information.
UrbanCode Deploy – Urban code Deploy also known as UDeploy is a product of IBM which is consider as advance tool for build requirements. It is used for automation of CI builds, functional tests, deployments, releases, or any other process in the application lifecycle.It also provides audit trails, versioning, visibility and traceability
Team Foundation Build 2010 – Team Foundation Build is used to automate build applications. Build process can be much simpler, unified and scalable if used scripts. Process templates allow easy modification of the complete process and the integration with different parts it offers a range of unique opportunities.
How trained team can successfully implement Continuous Integration practice in the project?
A trained Continuous integration professional affirms that software is built and tested constantly. They can help you to demonstrate that your product does what it cases to do, and that it does as such effectively. They can also help you to rapidly release bug-fixes and more functional versions of your software.
How Cotocus team can help in the Continuous Integration training and transition?
Continuous Integration adoption comes with challenges that are not easy to settle if the process is not implemented step by step. Its good practices can make product development process much easier and hassle free. But to achieve that result team needs to change their everyday development routine.It requires effort from all team members, and a cultural shift in the organization.
Educating team members about the practice of continuous integration practices needs to be done systematically. Cotocus team can help you to learn all the necessary skills which will help you to adopt this cultural shift in your organization. Our team will help you to learn how to implement CI in your work culture and which tools can be helpful with best practices of it.
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