Processes and people fall under the DevOps umbrella. Continuous Integration (CI) is an integral part of DevOps. CI supports DevOps to understand real-time customers’ needs and requirements. What is Continuous Integration, and why does the DevOps team need it? Read through the blog to gain knowledge about DevOps and CI.
What is Continuous Integration?
CI is a set of processes that defines and builds a pipeline to carry out the software development process. In the DevOps lifecycle, developers and operations use a single version control tool. Team members work in a parallel system. All codes are deposited to master. Here, the DevOps team needs Continuous Integration to merge each code into the main branch (master). Members can merge as many times as they want.
In DevOps, the CI process includes:
1. Merging code into the mainline or master branch.
2. Compiling and building code.
4. Completing the testing process.
The DevOps team uses tools like Jenkins, TestNG, Sonar, NUnit, Fortify, etc. for various purposes. Thus, businesses can create an automated process to carry out the overall process.
Benefits of Continuous Integration
1. Developers get faster feedback on code built or broken.
2. Successfully integrate code with the main branch.
3. Quick analysis and error-free code.
4. Create, build, and automate tests.
CI in DevOps
CI is an automated process. Thus, it reduces human errors. Developers can check their code anytime. In the traditional system, developers’ needed to wait for others to complete their check-in and check-out. Now they can test and merge code independently.
Developers can get version control along with qualified build information and automated testing. Each code gets to check into the master copy, which reduces the chance of missing code. The whole process of building and testing code takes minutes to complete. Thus, the DevOps team gets quick feedback. Members can divide the code into small parts and test it. Error-free code increases confidence in developers to write new code. Apparently, this helps bring more profit and customers to the business.