As products and platforms become the key to creating a competitive advantage across all markets, Independent Software Vendors no longer enjoy the luxury of selecting either ‘speed’ or ‘quality’. Now that agile practices have matured and DevOps initiatives have entered the mainstream agenda, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Testing (CT) and Continuous Delivery (CD) have emerged as key catalysts for delivering quality product quickly. Choosing the right CI tool for your purposes can be a bit bothersome, especially if you want to start using them for the first time. So, Expedux presents to you the list of the top 5 Continuous Integration tools:
Jenkins is an open source CI tool written in Java. Jenkins is very flexible because of the feature extension through plugins. The Jenkins plugin list is very comprehensive, and you can easily add your own. Jenkins provides the x-factor on distributing builds and test loads on multiple machines. It is free to use and distribute.
TeamCity is a mature CI server, coming from the labs of JetBrains. JetBrains has established authority in the software development world, and their tools like WebStorm and Resharper are used by developers worldwide. Despite being Java-based solution, TeamCity offers the best .NET support among the tools on this list. It also has a wide variety of publicly available plugins, developed both by JetBrains and third parties.
Travis is an open source service free for all open source projects hosted on the GitHub. Since it is hosted, it does not depend on any platform. It supports a variety of different languages and uses the virtual machines to build applications.
Atlassian is the company focused on providing tools for software development teams, and you might know them by their tools like JIRA and Bitbucket. Bamboo is Atlassian’s CI tool that comes in two separate versions. The cloud and the server. Both versions come with the free trials and the pricing plans are based on the build agent count rather than the users. Being the Atlassian tool, it has native support for JIRA and BitBucket, and you can even import your Jenkins configurations into Bamboo easily.
GitLab CI is an integral part of the open source Rails project GitLab, which was brought to light by the company GitLab inc. GitLab is hosted on GitLab.com, a free hosted service, and it provides detailed git repository management with features like access control, issue tracking, code reviews, and much more. GitLab CI is fully integrated with GitLab and it can easily hook projects using the GitLab API. GitLab process builds are written in the Go language and can run on Windows, Linux, OSX, FreeBSD, and Docker.
So, what is the perfect Continuous Integration tool for you and your team?
Continuous Integration tools improved a lot since they first appeared. With the current trends of migrating solutions to the cloud, many companies started offering hosted solutions, which are user-friendly and easier to digest than traditional tools. Travis CI is the pioneer in this field of cloud Continuous Integration tools and is leading the way in popularity still. Being well established in the community, open source and very flexible, Jenkins is still a great way to start Continuous Integration journey because there is rarely something you cannot do with it. Many people use it with a great success, and it meets their needs. Once you figure out what the possibilities of the Continuous Integration tools are and how to optimize your processes, even more, you can try some of the other tools.