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Continuous Integration: 5 Best Practices

Repeat after me, Continuous Integration is a practice and not a tool. There! #mindblown.

Now let’s move on. Like every practice, implementing a successful Continuous Integration (CI) practice within an organization requires discipline, particularly when your development environment contains a significant amount of complexity. Best practices are methods or techniques that consistently bring superior results. Ready for the best that CI has to offer?

Here are 5 CI best practices:

Version Control is your BFF…hang out!!!

The best way to manage source code, files, data and metadata is to use a version control product. This will ensure that there is a complete audit trail and history of the code, along with changes and updates made to it, when and by whom.  It’s also the place where the build server can monitor the code to determine any changes.

Got version control? Use it!

Test groups and configuration files are similar to source code in that they change frequently and need to be audited and traced.  They should be kept in the version control system. That way, teams can revert at any time to previous versions of the code for comparison.

Commit frequently…like all day long!

Continuous integration won’t be continuous integration if you did not commit changes and integrate them on a regular basis. Once a day if you want to build just OK software and several times a day if you want to build AWESOME software. Frequent commits allows teams to detect problems early and locate them more easily. This makes it possible to know the real time state and health of the software.

Build fast…like under 10 minutes fast

With Continuous integration, builds should be fast. Anything beyond 10 minutes becomes a dysfunction in the process, and we don’t want that. Therefore, commit frequently, and build frequently.  Large builds should be broken into multiple jobs and executed in parallel.

Automate deployments

With automated deployments, teams can release valuable features to their users more often and in incremental steps. This practice is at the heart of continuous deployment and automated deployments make it easy to deploy software at the push of a button. Frequent deployment ensures that the development team can gather continuous feedback from users on the software they are creating and adapt their approach as a result. This feedback can be the difference between a product delighting its target audience or missing them completely.

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