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The Future Of DevOps Is Assembly Lines

Last week, we announced the General Availability of Shippable Server, the behind-the-firewall version of our hosted platform. We also articulated our vision around where DevOps is today and why Assembly Lines is the future of DevOps.  

As I think about our journey from CI to Assembly Lines, it mirrors the journey of most organizations as they mature their DevOps efforts. In a nutshell, DevOps has created an awareness of the need to automate and be more efficient in terms of software delivery. However, most of the focus around the how has been around cultural changes and tools that help automate bits and pieces of the end-to-end software delivery workflow. This has led to the formation of "islands of automation" that are optimized for specific tasks but do not enable the holy grail of Continuous Delivery or Continuous Deployment. To achieve those goals, you need an Assembly Line platform that takes all these tools and connects them into end-to-end workflows with complete visibility, traceability, and auditability.

So let's take a look at this journey, and dig in a bit deeper into why Assembly Lines are the essential factor to DevOps success. 

10 Things to Consider While Choosing a CI Platform

Continuous integration (CI) is a software development activity that requires developers to integrate all source code into a shared repository several times a day. Each commit is then verified by an automated build, allowing teams to detect defects early in the cycle. The result of a CI step is typically a unit-tested and consistent codebase.

How to build, deploy and test applications with Shippable pipelines.

When appropriate tools & technology are available in abundance, automation is considered the primary resource to improve the efficiency of any software development process. Faster innovation cycles and speed to market are crucial to a business. With the very same principle in mind Shippable was founded so that software powered organizations could accelerate innovation. Shippable provides an integrated platform, using which you can automate your software delivery from source control to production, without needing to write complex, imperative code.

In this tutorial we will learn how to create an end to end deployment for a single service, with source code maintained in a repository on github. We will also see how to trigger tests every time the deployed environment is updated or your test cases are updated.

Setting up nightly builds on Shippable

Nightly builds means running an automated build for a project once a day, usually after the end of the day. It is often a good practice run automated builds every time you make some change to your codebase. These automated builds help you maintain a healthy code base.

Automated builds help in finding out a number of problems like:

  • A team member checked in something that breaks the codebase.
  • Your dependencies have changed and they break your code.
  • Your dependencies are broken.
  • Your build scripts or build machine is broken. 

Nightly builds ensures that you catch such problems within 24 hours of when they occur.

Docker in Continuous Integration: Part 3

A Docker image registry service makes it easy for developers to store, manage, distribute and deploy Docker images. Use a registry service to control the storing of your images, fully own your images distribution pipeline and integrate image storage and distribution tightly into your in-house development work flow.

This blog covers "Pushing a Docker image to a registry of your choice" scenario in the Docker in Continuous Integration (CI) series. We'll go over a simple example and look at advanced scenarios of using Docker images within CI and Continuous Delivery (CD) Pipelines.