Continuous Integration implements the continuous process of applying the Quality Control. The process aims to improve the software quality. Continuous integration replaces the traditional approach of applying quality at the end. A Continuous Integration Solution to provide executives, business managers, software developers and architects a better sense of the development progress and code quality of projects throughout the development lifecycle.
Continuous integrated testing enables organizations to integrate application components more frequently and it incorporates functional testing capabilities to increase the quality of the final output. With the Continuous Integration process all development work is integrated at a predefined time or event and the resulting works is automatically tested and build.
Continuous Integration best practices include:
- Committing code frequently.
- Categorizing developer tests.
- Using a dedicated integration build machine.
- Using continuous feedback mechanisms.
- Staging builds.