In the software development cycle, there are many intermediate steps from the inception of an idea to deployment of a product—architecture, programming, design, and testing. The final step of testing and deployment presents the most opportunities to automate and hence, save costs and time. Increasing efficiency by removing any lags in the development process is one of the core philosophies of DevOps. Further, automating the build and test processes allows quicker deployments, which adheres to the principles of agile software development.
This guide tackles an important technique in the processing of automating the deployment process—continuous integration (CI). Continuous integration achieves efficiency by removing unnecessary bottlenecks in the deployment process, thereby making the transition from a commit to production smooth and consistent. Further, it’s less prone to human error and easier for teams to work together.