What are the best companies for continuous integration

Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI / CD)

What is continuous integration (CI)?

Continuous integration is a method and model of programming. It makes it easier for development teams to prepare, implement, and carry out quality controls for a release. The goal of continuous integration is to automate processes and ensure consistency in building, testing, and packaging applications. Many of today's applications are based on code developed using different tools and on different platforms. Therefore, development teams need a method for integrating and validating their changes. CI offers numerous advantages, such as the reduction of error-prone implementation tasks and early insight into bugs.

What is continuous delivery (CD)?

Continuous delivery is the other end of the CI / CD pipeline. CD automates the delivery of applications and code changes, often for multiple infrastructure environments such as test and development. CD automation then makes calls to databases, web servers, and additional services that need to be updated or restarted after an application is deployed. Teams can then implement productions on a daily, hourly, or continuous schedule.

CI / CD in action

When IT teams implement an application development model where the software development cycle (SDLC) includes a variety of automated tests and reports, and full continuous integration and delivery, your organization can quickly test and roll out new features and applications. These successful companies tightly couple SDLC metrics with project finance to identify and prioritize projects with the greatest business value.

For example, Mule developers use CI / CD to automate Mule implementations with GitHub and Jenkins pipelines. Most developers are familiar with the build phase. The tasks completed in Anypoint Studio can be easily integrated into your CI pipeline. Some of the technologies already mentioned are used: GitHub for version control, Maven for dependency management and build automation, JUnit and MUnit for test automation, and JIRA or ServiceNow for bug and service management. Customers with Microsoft products who create Mule apps often use Team Foundation and Visual Studio.

When the code is ready for delivery, MuleSoft customers often use Jenkins, Puppet, Chef or HP ALM for both implementation automation and orchestration of release processes in different environments: development environment, test environment, staging environment and production environment. Puppet and Chef can also be used to automate the installation and configuration of Mule Runtimes. To reduce the complexity of continuous implementation, Docker is becoming increasingly popular. Mule Runtime can be delivered in a Docker container. And via the management agent, Anypoint Platform for APIs and Anypoint Platform CLI, users can further automate processes. To do this, they use tools for configuration automation and management, such as Puppet, Chef, Ansible and Salt, instead of the user interface of the Anypoint Platform.