According to Digital Ocean, continuous integration is a practice that encourages developers to integrate their code into a main branch of a shared repository early and often. Instead of building out features in isolation and integrating them at the end of a development cycle, code is integrated with the shared repository by each developer multiple times throughout the day.
The idea is to minimize the cost of integration by making it an early consideration. Developers can discover conflicts at the boundaries between new and existing code early, while conflicts are still relatively easy to reconcile. Once the conflict is resolved, work can continue with confidence that the new code honors the requirements of the existing codebase.
The end goal of continuous integration is to make integration a simple, repeatable process that is part of the everyday development workflow in order to reduce integration costs and respond to defects early. Working to make sure the system is robust, automated, and fast while cultivating a team culture that encourages frequent iteration and responsiveness to build issues is fundamental to the success of the strategy.
Continuous delivery is an extension of continuous integration. It focuses on automating the software delivery process so that teams can easily and confidently deploy their code to production at any time. … This way the build, the deployment process, and the environment can be tested in tandem.
Makena Partners can help you with your Deployment Automation and DevOps projects. We work with modern tools like Jenkins to build custom automation into your deployment processes, and train you and your team so you can “set it and forget it”.