Introduction to Continuous Integration Process

Continuous Integration process is a DevOps Practice for your projects in the organization , this post provides an introduction to the Continuous Integration process benefits , purpose and provides basic steps to achieve.

Continuous integration allows the development team to ensure so that you can delivery stable code

  • The new code commits are not breaking the code and save time troubleshooting
  • New code is as per the code quality and standards
  • Unit testing coverage so you can ensure no regression bugs
  • Artifacts are generated and use them in future DevOps processes

A typical CI process include steps as depicted below :

CI Process

CI Process
Typical CI process , bare minimum configuration
  1. Getting Latest code
  2. Build the code ( depending on tech , 1 or multiple steps)
  3. Execute Unit test cases
  4. Integrate with static analysis tool ( SonarQube is recommended)
  5. Package the output files into zip and upload to artifacts server

Below are few benefits of implementing CI process for your projects

  • Smooth and easy code integrations
  • Reduce time spent on troubleshooting code issues
  • Develop stable features and deliver rapidly
  • Automate once and achieve consistency, stability

Continuous integration allows you to scale your team easily while ensuring same coding standards are maintained. CI is the basic building block in your overall DevOps process setup.

CI Tools

Below are some of the common platform / tools you can use for CI, depending on your application tech.

Azure DevOpsAzure DevOps is CI/CD product from Microsoft. You can use the ‘Classic’ Ui driven editor or us YML code to develop your CI scripts
JenkinsJenkins allows you to create a standalone ‘Job’ or a Groovy based Pipeline with multiple stages to achieve CI
BitBucket PipelinesBitBucket a product from Atlassian, allows easy CI setup for bitbucket repository, BitBucket Pipelines use YML
GitHub ActionsBuilt for GitHub , CI can be setup using YML basd scripts for GitHub repositories and other Git based platforms
CircleCIAllows you to setup CI for any platform and technologies , including mobile application
GitLabAllows direct integration to GitLab workflow. Easy to setup if you are using the Gitlab workflow
TeamcityFree for CI tools with support for technologies such as .net,java ruby.

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