CI/CD with GitHub Actions

Learn about the basics of CI/CD processes with GitHub Actions.

In today's fast-paced software development world, the ability to deliver new features quickly, reliably, and efficiently is more important than ever. To meet this demand, we've adopted practices such as Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD). These are not just buzzwords but critical processes that can significantly enhance our development workflows.

What is CI/CD?

Continuous Integration (CI) is a development practice where developers integrate code into a shared repository frequently, preferably several times a day. Each integration can then be verified by an automated build and automated tests.

Continuous Deployment (CD), on the other hand, is an approach where we automate the entire software release process. Every change that passes all stages of the production pipeline is released to the customers. There's no human intervention, and only a failed test will prevent a new change from being deployed to production.

Importance of CI/CD

CI/CD brings a plethora of benefits to our software development process:

  • Faster delivery: By automating the deployment process and integrating regularly, we can deliver new features to our customers more quickly.

  • Fewer bugs: With frequent integration and testing, we can identify and fix bugs early in the development process, leading to higher-quality software.

  • More efficient development cycles: CI/CD enables us to get quick feedback on changes, allowing us to iterate more rapidly.

The CI/CD Pipeline

Now, let's take a look at the general stages of a CI/CD pipeline:

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