Top 10 Best Tools for Continuous Integration in 2018

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    Daria Drozdova
    Daria Drozdova
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    CI systems allow detecting integration errors as quick as possible because each integration is verified by an automated build. Another good thing about it is that with the help of CI tools developers can find errors sooner than later. It is well know fact that when some part of a code is not properly tested, developers may face with blocking issues right at the demo version. So, if you want every part of your code work nice with other parts of your system, CI system can be a wonderful solution of your problem.

     

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      What is CI?

      First of all, let’s try to understand what is Continuous Integration (CI). According to Wikipedia CI is the practice of merging all developers working copies to a shared mainline several times a day.

      This method was firstly proposed by Grady Booch in 1991, though he did not prove that developers need integrating several times a day.

      However, five years later Kent Beck created Extreme Programming ( XP), where he advocated integrating more than once per day, perhaps even more than ten times per day.

      Benefits of using Continuous integration tools

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      Now let’s look at the benefits you can get using CI. There are many advantages of CI systems, but in this article we decided to emphasize only four of them.

      • Reduced integration risk

      This is not a secret, that large products require many developers working on different parts of the code. If you have beginners in your team, the process of integration can become very risky. Though, if you have integration on a daily basis, it helps you to reduce integration risk.

      • Reduced deploying time

      Another advantage of CI system is that it helps to reduce deploying time, and most experienced developers know that the process of deploying projects is usually very difficult and time-consuming.

      • Better results

      Do you remember your first days at work? When you were afraid to break the code and that is why you  prefered to do nothing? This is how beginners feel or people who have just come to the project and do not know much about it. But this fear to break something  block their ability to work and create something new.

      To put it another way, people need to feel confident in order to work, they should not be afraid to break something  and get fired. That’s why developers need CI systems in order to help people to integrate easier to the project and feel more comfortable doing their job right away.

      • Easier life for QA team

      We think that you already know that this is task of QA team to fix everything that is broken in the process of project deploying. So, CI systems help isolate and trace bugs efficiently and the earlier bug is found the better it is for QA engineers.

      Top 10 continuous integration tools

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      1. Jenkins

      According to Wikipedia Jenkins is an open-source CI system written in Java. This CI tool helps developers and QA engineers quickly find and fix bugs in the code. Here is the list of Jenkins features:

      • It is easy to update Jenkins with all  versions of Linux, Mac OS, OS and Windows.

      • It can help to scale out to a large amount of nodes and distribute workload proportionally among them

      • Easily to set up with the help  of its web interface

      • Easily spread work across several machines

      • It is easy to install, because it comes as War file

      1. TeamCity

      Like Jenkins, TeamCity is another popular CI tool that has many features:

      • Pre-tested commit and remote run

      • Even when no builds are running, TeamCity support CI server stable and healthy

      • Customization

      • TeamCity provides configure builds in DSL

      • Another TeamCity benefit is project level cloud profiles

      • Extensibility

      • Maintain better code quality for any project

      1. Travis CI

      Travis CI is a continuous integration and deployment system. You  can find travis-ci.com for private repositories, and travis-ci.org for public repositories.

      Here are some features of Travis CI:

      • You can connect Travis CI to your Slack, HipChat, Emails and get notifications.

      • Travis allows running parallel tests

      • Easily updated with Linux, Mac and iOS

      • Travis is easy to setup, no installation required

      • This CI tool uses the virtual machines to  build applications

      • Powerful command line tool and API

      1. Bamboo

      Bamboo is another very popular CI system among developers. It works nice with Bitbucket and JIRA software. Here are some Bamboo  features:

      • Easily create multi-stage build plans

      • You can triggers to start builds upon commits

      • Appoint agents to your critical builds and deployments

      • Parallel automated tests make catching bug process easier and faster.

      • Offers first-class support for the “delivery” aspect of continuous delivery

      1. Circle CI

      Circle CI is continuous integration system. It runs in any environment  like Python API server, cross-platform mobile app or Docker cluster. Like other CI, Circle CI helps to find and fix bugs.Here you can find out more about some Circle CI features:

      • Supports C++, Linux, NET, PHP, Python, Ruby and JavaScript

      • Cicle CI allows to choose Build Environment

      • Easy to set up and maintain

      • Circle CI improve iOS and Android store rating by providing bug-free applications

      • When newer build is triggered, automatically cancel any running builds or build that are waiting in line

      • Reduce build time by  spliting tests across multiple containers

      • Parallelism  that make performance as fast as possible

      1. Codeship

      Codeship is a flexible CI tool that like other CI systems help to reduce the bugs and improve the quality of the app. You only need to push your build to repository and Codeship CI triggers automated workflow.

      Features:

      • SSH helps to debug right from CI environment

      • It gives control over optimizing and customizing CI/CD workflow

      • Parallel pipelines, concurrent builds

      • Flexible workflows

      • Tight security ( SSH key access, single tenancy, cache encryption keep your CI projects safe in the cloud)

      1. Gitlab CI

      It would be nice to mention that Gitlab is an integral part of Gitlab project. It is open source and continuously improved CI tool that deliver modern software development product for today’s software developers.

      Features:

      • Secure registry for Docker images

      • Gitlab provides APIs for most features

      • Confidential Issues help to keep your information secure

      • Convenient way to change metadata of an issue

      • Shorten feedback cycles with cycle analytics and out-of-the-box automation.

      • Gitlab Geo allows you to have fast download wherever your developers are. Scales to support large amount of users, millions of projects, terabytes of data, etc.

      1. Integrity

      Integrity is a strong CI tool which works only with Github. According to the Integrity website, this tool builds your code and run your tests, as soon as you push your commits.Furthermore, Integrity reports the build status using various notifiers back to  you and your team. So, all members of your team can be on the same page, and bugs can be fixed right away.

      Features:

      • Integrity supports some notification mechanisms like Email, HTTP, Amazon, AMQP.

      • Can mirror with other SCM, but now it works only with Github

      • HHTP notifier that sends an HTTP POST request to the particular URL

      1. Nevercode

      Another popular CI system is Nevercode. The motto of Never code is “ Replace manual intervention with complete automation”.

      Features:

      • Automatic setup for Android, iOS, Cordova, Ionic and React Native projects

      • Concurrent build features let you automate several builds at the same time and very fast

      • Parallel testing combined with code analysis, UI and Unit tests maximized code quality

      • Release automation let you easily integrate with Google Play, iTunes Connect, Crashlytics, TestFairy, HockeyApp.

      • Nevercode can help you share status of your pull requests and tests builds via Hipchat, Slack, email, etc.

      1. Buildbot

      The last but not the least CI tool is Buildbot. This CI system is written in Python and it can be heavily customized through configuration file.

      Features:

      • Supports many operating systems like Linux, Windows, Solaris, AIX, Oracle Database, Oracle Tuxedo and even old HP-UX with PA- RISK CPUs.

      • Buildbot has a nice performance

      • All changes are build on a fast server first and then sent to other slower servers only after builds and tests succeed

      • You can request to build a list of modules on a specific combination of Oracle and OS

      • You  can get notification when the build is ready

      Sum up

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      In conclusion, it would be nice to mention that while choosing perfect CI tool for your project you need to pay attention on several things.

      First, this is flexibility of the build processes. Your CI tool should contain special feature to control number of merging processes, so you can merge once a day, two times a day or more.

      Second, it is better to choose CI tool that is easy to set up, because most developers do not want to spend their precious time on it.

      And the last but not least feature, it is essential to pick up easy-to-use CI system, so pay attention to your CI user interface.

      What we offer

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      We hope this article was helpful for you and, we managed to answer all your most important question about Continuous Integration and best modern CI tools.

      Though, if you still have some doubts about what CI tool would be better to use with your project, you can always count on our help.

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