Due to the iterative nature of Agile, development and testing and release management is often occurring in parallel. As a result, Continuous Integration (CI) is required to ensure that team members are integrating their work on a frequent, at least daily process.
Our software development practice has found tremendous benefit in the practice of Continuous Integration (CI). CI is a framework, augmented by tools that allow developers to integrate and build their respective code at frequent intervals. This process substantially reduces risk by regularly integrating incremental software changes; providing the opportunity to build the product daily and perform testing on a more frequent basis. CI has proven to reduce the number of defects, and improve the productivity of the development team; thereby, reducing costs. CI effectively creates high-quality, deployable software at every step of the development lifecycle.
A critical element of CI is not only applying the process, but the use of tools to assist in the automation of the process in order to provide rapid feedback. The use of tools improves productivity and brings a level of efficiency to the build and test tasks. The automation activities can extend beyond build and test to reporting and deployment.
Next Pathway’s Agile Development and Continuous Integration Services involves six fundamental aspects of code integration:
- Central Repository for Version Control
- Automated process for Building and Testing
- Feedback Mechanism
- Environment Provisioning
- Release Management
- Source Code Management