Devs across industries are putting out more code faster than ever before, meaning that new innovations, technologies, and methods are needed to be able to stay afloat in such competitive waters. CI/CD pipelines are one such technology that aims to streamline much of the development process by automating consumer feedback and delivery of new updates.
What is CI/CD?
CI/CD, or continuous integration/continuous delivery, consists of constantly updating the information devs receive from consumers and actively implementing them into new builds directly to consumers. The first stage, continuous integration, or CI, is where developers are able to update and hotfix into a shared repository, sometimes even several times a day. Each time new code is added to this shared pool, an automated process takes the code and compiles it and runs a series of tests to check for integration and other issues. This step makes sure the newest patch is always ready to go with minimal to no human intervention, meaning new patches can be released faster and bugs can be caught sooner. Continuous delivery, or CD, takes the newly compiled and tested code and moves it to where it can automatically be put directly into production. Together, these processes work in conjunction to create a more stable and efficient workflow for developers, leaving them to create the new content instead of worrying about bugs and issues.
While many companies are pushing towards more automation in their code pipelines, an industry in desperate need of such automation is the mobile dev industry. Mobile devs are releasing code often twice as fast as they did in 2021 as the mobile app industry continues to reach new heights. With over 7 billion mobile users around the world, the need for faster and more consistent content and updates is only going to increase.
Learn more about how CI/CD works and how it can be so beneficial for mobile devs here: