With the changes in the software development life cycles (SDLC), the overall process of deploying the code to the server has also transformed. Previously, we used to test the code manually after pushing it onto the main repository and deployed it after carefully scrutinizing every small detail. This was a cumbersome process and consumed a lot of time which could have been used in other processes.
The result? Fewer releases and a long list of bugs that came during the integration process. Fortunately, things have changed now. Today, we focus greatly on the quick development ideology deploying the changes every week or every fifteen days. This has been made possible by CI/CD or CI/CD practice and the tools that offer this facility.
In this post, we will introduce you the concept of the CI/CD pipeline in brief and present top CI/CD tools available in the market today with their strengths and weaknesses so that you can decide which tool suits you the most.
What is CI/CD?
CI/CD is abbreviated for Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) which is a set of operations in code deployment. CI and CD revolve around three major processes in the development of software: Build, Test and Deploy. Through any of the CI/CD software, a tester or a developer is bound to stumble upon these three terms while creating a pipeline. But it is still unclear what these terms constitute these processes and why they are the talk of the town these days. Since CI/CD is made up of two extremely important terms, let’s understand both of them and how they are connected to each other.