Continuous Integration (CI) is a development practice that requires developers to integrate code into a shared repository many times a day. Every checkin is then verified by an automated build. This allows the developers to detect the problem early.
Continuous Integration brings multiple benefits to your organisation:
It speeds up your workflow, there by encouraging the team to push every change without being afraid of breaking anything.
When we have a CI set up in place it’s easy to share your code regularly. This helps to achieve more visibility and collaboration between team members. Eventually this will increase the communication speed and also efficiency within your organiSation as every team member is on the same page, always.
If you are testing and deploying code frequently, it will eventually reduce the risk level of the project you are working on as you can detect bugs and code defects earlier. This means it will be easier and faster for you to fix them. This will eventually speed up the feedback mechanism and make your communication much smoother.
If you are releasing code often, the gap between the application in production and the one the developer is working on will be much smaller. You will be more confident while making the changes as every small change will be tested automatically. Moreover, the whole team can know about these changes. You will prefer to work on small, incremental changes when you are developing new features. Eventually there will be less assumptions as you can build features quicker and test and deploy them automatically for your users to see as soon as possible, thus gaining valuable feedback from them faster.
If we have CI process is not only beneficial for software developers, but for their managers as well. Both the developers and the managers can gather valuable feedback and gain insights much faster. As you push code frequently, you have more data available which you can analyse to check if the product is heading into the right direction.
We can have many other benefits using CI like it:
So let’s say goodbye to long and tense integration and deliver better softwares efficiently.