What is a Continuous Integration tool?

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In the world of programming, Continuous Integration (CI) refers to the merging of all developers’ working copies of code to a shared pipeline continuously throughout the day. This works harmoniously with Continuous Deployment (CD), which means delivering software functionalities through automated deployments.

If you want to know more about what a Continuous Integration tool is and whether it’s worth the investment, keep on reading.

Is a Continuous Integration tool a testing tool?

Some common misconceptions are that Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment tools aren’t really considered testing tools. This is false. CI/CD tools bridge the gap between operational activities, development, and teams by implementing automation in building, testing, and deployment of code. Testing is the main component of the tool, without which, the programmer would not know what is or is not working within their build project(s). Technically CI/CD tools are considered the backbone of DevOps, in itself. To better understand, see diagram below:

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Is it worth Investing in a CI/CD Tool?

Yes, it absolutely is worth getting a Continuous Integration tool! There are quite a few on the market, but choosing the right one may take some research.

For instance, Travis CI is the easiest to implement with fast setup time! Our out-of-the-box cloud solution is simple to manage and maintain after setup is completed. This tool is not only lightweight, but has well-documented YAML configuration settings for the user. It also supports amalgamation (or combine) with external tools as well as supports 30 plus languages. In other words, Travis CI helps you catch bugs quicker and alleviates the headache of prolonged testing.

So if you’re in the market for a CI/CD tool or need to migrate over to a more efficient one, browse our product page. Don’t forget to check out our Community Forum, where all tech questions/solutions are archived here! 😎✌