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How CI/CD works ?

Have you ever come across a method that introduces automation mechanisms within varied stages of app development thereby, easing the process of delivering an application to customers? If not, its time to research the nuances of a CI/CD Pipeline. Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment are the primary concepts attributed by this pipeline. The primary objective of CI/CD is to simplify the process of integrating code changes by following the set of operating principles during the experimentation phase thereby, enabling the app development teams to deliver reliable code modifications. As mentioned earlier, it further assists in building an application and running diverse tests in an automated manner. Besides this, the operational efficiency of CI/CD is further bifurcated into two mechanisms. Continuous Integration fosters a technical goal that aims towards establishing a consistent and automated platform to build and test applications. Meanwhile, Continuous deployment process strives hard to optimize application delivery within the corresponding environments. Besides this, CI/CD pipeline also promotes CI/CD tools which contributes towards storing environment-specific parameters. The CI/CD tools primarily helps the developers to initiate builds on-demand as in, executing the enhancements that are triggered in the control repository instantaneously. In addition to the above-mentioned pointers, the most significant CI/CD tools are enlisted as follows, Jenkins, Azure DevOps, CircleCI, Travis CI, AWS CodeBuild. It is also evident that these tools are unanimously used to automated the code integration process. Furthermore, the CI/CD tools also allow setting environment variables and masking variables such as passwords and account keys thereby, resulting in configuring them during deployment for the corresponding environment. Moreover DevOps, a vital part of software development, also contributes consistently towards the competencies of a CI/CD Pipeline. The most eminent DevOps activities include, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Test Automation, Cloud Infrastructure and Configuration management. CI/CD is considered as the backbone for an efficient DevOps. It is also statistically proven that, organizations which apply DevOps, document an 18% reduction in the time consumed towards marketing new applications and 21% increase in competently delivering new software unto the suitable customer base.

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