What is CI & CD?
CI & CD stands for Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, which is an essential part of DevOps and a key component of any modern software development practice. It’s an important process for modern businesses because it streamlines and automates the software development process, allowing developers to focus on creating innovative solutions, not on checking and re-checking the code.
What is CI & CD Delivery Pipeline?
CI & CD is a process that is built to automate the building, testing, and deployment of solutions and to make a constant loop of these processes – the so-called “delivery pipeline”. Its main aim is to improve a development team’s productivity, increase efficiency, and streamline workflows.
The CI & CD delivery pipeline consists of multiple Stages:
- “Code commit”
Each Stage includes different Jobs like “Build a specific part of the code” or “Test that specific part of the code”. During each Stage, developers review code, run automated tests, and deploy new features.
CI & CD Delivery Pipeline Value
Continuous Integration (CI)
Continuous Integration (CI) is a software development process where devs constantly deploy their new code into the code base, usually multiple times a day. This process allows teams to identify and fix issues just after the deployment, and to keep their code in a stable, workable state. The CI process typically includes steps such as static code analysis, automated code testing, tracking of errors and security issues, and the code deployment itself.
Continuous Delivery (CD)
Continuous Delivery (CD) is a software development practice of automating the process of releasing applications and services into production. It is always built on the Continuous Integration (CI) and it aims to automate the entire process. The goal of CD is to reduce the risk associated with releasing new code, as well as improve the speed and quality of delivery for end users.