Thinking on their feet: That’s the very definition of being a software programmer. Tech changes—sometimes it seems by the minute, if not the second—and the people behind the code must adapt, create, and push to be quicker, to fix problems, to find solutions to problems that didn’t even exist a day ago. It’s punishing, but what’s helped is Continuous Integration.
Also known as CI, Continuous Integration pushes those changes to the application, automating all the testing and integrating in a seamless process. And it is constant, with multiple people working on it at once and finding out if their solutions worked, or didn’t.
It helps developers stay on top of changes, too, and enables them to put their focus onto other tasks, and work better as a team, too.
What are the specifics behind Continuous Integration, and why is it so essential? This graphic from AppDynamics explains it in detail.
The Three Big Advantages to Continuous Integration
1. Reducing Risk while Increasing Productivity
Let’s be honest. Every developer wants to reduce risk when it comes to building a project out. Continuous Integration allows for the faster detection of bugs and code defects as a developer is able to push and test code at a quicker pace through the CI server
2. Faster Iterations resulting in Faster Delivery
As each change is tested earlier for bugs and defects, it also allows for the ability push code into production faster allowing iterations to be faster than normal. Less assumptions are made, and the team can test and deploy the code for the users as it is ran through the CI server.
3. Team Morale
The overall process allows for better communication and a smoother process for the developer and the team. An easier process for the build results in a happy group of developers. No longer does the developer has to be stuck in the same ruck worrying about major defects or unsolvable problems. Continuous Integration provides both the end users and the developers with a win-win situation.
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