Modern agile development requires embracing the Continuous Integration (CI) process at the inception of development. The Continuous Integration process leverages DevOps skills to plan an automated software build, and test environment using tools like Jenkins. The benefit to companies in adopting Continuous Integration is a reliable and high-quality work-product all the time, and especially after every sprint and release milestone. Succeeding with Continuous Integration requires planning and automating various phases of software development. Art2Dec offers companies a solid Continuous Integration DevOps practice to build or enhance their CI process. Art2Dec leverages tools like Jenkins for Continous Integration extensively. Continuous Integration processes manage the full life-cycle of building software and testing in an automated fashion. Starting with source code, Continuous Integration process comprises: (a) Source Code control system (such as Github), (b) software branching process (such as GitFlow) (c) automated code review process (using tools like Gerrit, Code Collaborator), (d) software build automation (using tools like Jenkins, Maven), (e) automated code integrity testing (using tools like Coverity, SonarQube), (f) automated unit testing (using tools like xUnit, Protractor, Karma), (g) automated regression testing (using tools like Robot, Selenium, PyTest), and (f) automated DevOps testing (using Docker, Chef, Puppet).
Building the Continuous Integration Pipeline Once a plan is in place, great emphasis should be laid on automating Continuous Integration Orchestration. Decisions should be made early to figure out if containers, like Docker, should be used. If so, it is wise to start using Docker as early as possible in dev and test environments, and developing standards and automated processes for software builds and software unit/system testing. Jenkins has become the de facto standard for Continuous Integration automation. Continuous Integration DevOps string a robust pipeline for automated software builds, running them through a series of code quality checkers and archiving the artifacts from this process for the next phase of Continuous Integration. The artifacts from build phase are now pushed to trigger automated build validation and various automated testing cycle – functional, user-acceptance, stress, performance, scalability, etc.
PLAN! Having worked with numerous clients, many cutting-edge startups, Art2Dec has gained extensive experience in best-of-the-breed Continuous Integration DevOps practices. We work with companies to assess their current Continuous Integration environment and offer help in improving it.
TEST! The key to extracting good value from the Continuous Integration process, besides automating software builds, is automating testing. We have significant experience in building automated continuous testing and integrating it with the Continuous Integration pipeline using Jenkins. Test automation ensures code quality using static code analysis, mock-testing, unit, build verification, system testing, user acceptance testing, stress testing, performance testing, security testing, etc.
Feeding the Continuous Delivery Pipeline Continuous Integration, if well designed and executed, lends itself beautifully to building a Continuous Delivery pipeline – known in the industry as CI/CD. Many of the same DevOps tools, like Jenkins, Docker, Chef, Puppet, Python, etc. can be used to push qualified build artifacts to test, staging or production environments. When the full CI/CD pipeline is automated, it makes it feasible to accelerate the build and deploy cycle for cloud applications. Many startups and large companies alike see business value in automating the full CI/CD pipeline.
DIFFERENT SCHEMES TO REALIZE THE SDLC AND STLC - Different solutions based on DevOps Architecture Reference Library, different methods of QA operations for different environments with most valuable QA testing tools (Selenium, JMeter, SeeTest, Appium).