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DevOps Pipeline – A Beginner’s Guide

Sogeti Labs
May 11, 2020

DevOps Pipeline

Although DevOps is a surefire way of fixing dysfunctional, soiled and slow software development processes, its application is useless as if you don’t know where to begin. The central philosophy of DevOps is a collaboration between developers and non-developers to manufacture software at lighting fast speeds.

The DevOps pipeline consists of several steps and this article aims to deliver a brief synopsis on each one of them with near-perfect clarity. Without further ado, here are the following steps.

Step 1: What is the CI/CD framework?

Firstly, you need a CI/CD tool that lets you work with various tools and services that are crucial to the DevOps development. If the DevOps pipeline is an orchestra then Jenkin is surely the maestro. It’s a java-based  CI/CD tool that popularized the DevOps development in the first place.
If you have ever worked on a 3D software, you’ll notice that it lets you control and manage the various aspects of a CI/CD pipeline. Alone Jenkins is useless but coupled with a few plugins, tools and services, it can streamline the production and development of virtually any software in the market.

Step 2: Source Control Management

CI/CD is the means to do work. You also require organization and proper coordination to keep your development in check. Suppose you’re creating software. The first step involves writing a code known as the source code. It can be written in language be it C++, Python, JavaScript and so on.

This isn’t a problem for solo developers but for those projects that require collaboration from different developers, managing the ever-changing code is nothing short of a nightmare.
A Source Control Management(SCM) tool helps you recover older versions of the program and also stores codes from different developers in separate repositories. It also versions your code and allows for collaboration and coordination among various project members.

Step 3: Automatic Build Tool

Now that you have the code, you need an environment to test and check it out for possible bugs and other aspects that are essential in the development cycle of the application.
All build automation shares the same goal which is to compile, test and deploy the whole package in a certain location. Features offered to vary from one tool to another,  so be cautious to select one that matches the niche of your project.

Step 4: Web Application Server

Web applications have a testing ground for early-stage app development thanks to its flexibility. It is the place where you host your application. It offers an environment where you can test out the programming logic, create the interface and simultaneously offer services to the entire world.

Step 5: Code Testing

Implementing code testing is a messy process. Normal developments rely on end-stage testing, while DevOps start experimenting from the beginning of the development cycle. This not only streamlines the process but guarantees faster development time.
DevOps is just the tip of the iceberg. The CI/CD tool enables you to develop your applications at greater efficiency, letting you introduce your visions and ideas into the real world. There is a lot to explore and the sky is the limit, thanks to the most software development service out there. 

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