Continuous Integration

Sep 01, 2019 by - Category - Devops

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:

Benefits and Advantages of CI

It speeds up your workflow, there by encouraging the team to push every change without being afraid of breaking anything.

Better Communication

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.

Reduces Risk

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.

Faster iterations

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.

Faster feedback on business decisions

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:

  • reduces the overhead across the development,
  • reduces time and effort for integration of different code changes
  • allows quick feedback mechanism on each change
  • earlier detection and subsequently prevention of defects etc..

So let’s say goodbye to long and tense integration and deliver better softwares efficiently.

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