Continuous Integration (CI) is a software development approach that divides the development into smaller pieces and allowing teams to run tests frequently, detecting problems earlier and producing faster outputs. It increases the frequency of deployments by identifying and resolving defects early in the development cycle and encouraging closer collaboration between developers and making it a critical practice for DevOps.
Continuous integration prevents disconnections and minimizes risks in software development.
Benefits of Continuous Integration:
Improve Developer Productivity
Find and Address Bug Quicker
Deliver Updates Faster
Improve the Quality of Code
Show Prowess in market
The NestorOps team focuses on frequent code checks to avoid complex merge issues. Once the code is archived by the team, the CI system takes control and monitors the source code repositories for all projects and extracts an updated version of the code when it detects a new validation. If the project is written in a compiled language (we regularly use many different languages and frameworks), the server compiles and builds the new code. The CI server also runs interrelated unit test suites for the project. If the previous steps succeed, the server runs preconfigured scripts to deploy the application in a test environment. If any of these processes fail, the CI server fails the build and sends immediate failure notifications to the entire project team. Thus, team members do not need to wait until the other members of the team have finished their check-in and can work in parallel.
The goal of NestorOps team is to keep the construction going at all times, so a developer who breaks the construction is supposed to get it back on track immediately. The entire process of compiling, building and testing is achieved in seconds and it saves a lot of time. Hence CI helps to achieve the DevOps goal of delivering faster results.