The Benefits of Continuously Integrating Code With CI/CD
- By Gabe Nelson
Your products may be the best in the market but if you fail to do things appropriately, all efforts will be wasted. You must do your best to stay ahead of your competitors. In this article, we'll be taking a look at the benefits you can gain from integrating Continuous Integration and Delivery into code.
Continuous Integration involves the continuous integration of code into a single shared and easily accessible repository. Continuous delivery allows the user to take the code stored in the repository and continuously deliver it to the site of production. CI/CD will provide users with a fast and effective way to get their products into the market before competitors. They will also simplify the release of new features and the fixing of bugs to keep all customers happy. Many people are unaware of the benefits of CI/CD and have hence failed to utilize them.
What is Continuous Integration?
Continuous Integration is a term used to describe a software development practice that involves the integration of code changes into a shared code repository. Typically, this code integration would happen once or several times daily. However, CI would encourage frequent small changes rather than larger infrequent changes. The process triggers a build that conducts tests to identify if any part of the code was affected by these changes.
What is Continuous Delivery?
Continuous delivery is concerned about the ability of the system to endlessly deliver integrated code. This code could be in the form of new features, bug fixes, and so on. This practice would make all your "green builds" readily available with just a single click whenever you are ready to release them.
Continuous Deployment is designed to go a step further than continuous delivery. This practice will allow you to automatically deploy every major change that passes through the CI. However, there may be some instances when you don't want to deploy automatically or it doesn't suit the scenario.
Benefits of Integrating Code into with CI/CD
So, what are the benefits which users or business owners may look to enjoy from CI/CD? You'll be surprised how useful it can get.
Fault Isolation is used to describe a practice that involves the design of systems that can minimize the effects of a negative outcome. This means that in the system when an error occurs, negative outcomes will be limited. Limiting these outcomes will reduce any damage which is supposed to affect the system and even make it easier to look after.
A system designed with CI/CD will find fault isolations easier to implement. The faults will quickly be identified and any potential damage will be taken care of. Fault isolations comprise system monitoring, identifying the location of the fault, and triggering this location. Any bugs that appear in such a system will have a limited effect on its overall performance. Sudden breakdowns and other serious issues will be prevented coupled with the ability to detect and isolate the problem before its effects become too damaging.
Faster Release Rates
In a CI/CD system, failures are detected faster and can be quickly attended to, resulting in a quicker release rate. However, the frequency of the releases can only be achieved by developing the code in a continuously moving system.
CI/CD continuously creates small code mergers and deploys them to production after they have been tested. Due to this, the code is always ready to be released. For effectiveness, it's important to develop a part of the production process which is similar to the experience of the end-users. Containerization is a method used to test the code in a production environment and to test the areas affected by the release.
Faster Mean Time To Resolution (MTTR)
MTTR involves the measurement of the maintainability of the available features and even gives the average time to deal with a fault or damages feature in the system. It will help you keep track of the duration spent to recover from faulty features or system failure.
CI/CD will result in a faster MTTR because of smaller code changes and fault isolations that quickly detect the problem. A great way to do business is by reducing faults and failures to the barest minimum and quickly recovering from problems that do occur. Application monitoring tools will help you find and fix failures while also logging problems to become more sensitive to trends.
Improved Test Reliability
Through the use of CI/CD, there will be an improvement to test reliability. This improved test reliability is due to the smaller and specific changes made to the system, allowing for accurate positive and negative tests to be performed. The test reliability involving CI/CD may also be referred to as Continuous Reliability. The continuous merger and release of new products and features with quality control as a priority will guarantee a safer investment.
Smaller Code Changes
A major benefit of continuous integration and continuous delivery is that it allows you to change code bit by bit. Smaller changes are easier to handle than large changes that contain huge chunks of code. Due to this, there will be a need for fewer repairs and a lesser chance of future problems.
Through these practices, it is possible to test small pieces of code as they are added to the depository. These practices of small code changes will allow a developer to identify faults or any potential problems before they become too serious or after too much work has been done. This system is ideal for large, remote development teams and in-house development teams that may have issues with communication.
There are numerous tools in the market that work to ensure a smoother transition into the CI/CD process. Testing is a vital part of the entire process because even if you can make quick integrations and delivery, it would be a waste without tracking quality. Also, as soon as you're able to automate more processes of the CI/CD pipeline, the release will be faster and of great quality.