Continuous integration, is an implementation, where quality control is applied throughout the development of a software, which is aimed at reducing cost, rework and there by time taken for development. It is the practice of frequently integrating one’s new or changed code with the source code, which occurs frequently given that no intervening window remains between commit and build, such that no errors can arise without developers noticing them and correcting them immediately.
Principles of continuous integration:
- Maintain a code repository
- Automate the build
- Make the build self-testing
- Everyone commits to the baseline every day
- Keep the build fast
- Test in a clone of the production environment
- Make it easy to get the latest deliverables
- Everyone can see the results of the latest build
- Automate deployment
Sunfra’s test automation solution for Continuous Integration:
As part of its testing activities for one of our client at UK, Sunfra’s test automation(using Selenium Webdriver) solution helped the client to implement Continuous integration in their software development framework.
Sunfra’s automation suite answered all the needs of the implementation. Robust automation scripts prepared by Sunfra’s Automation team, replaced and ensured the quality of the code after every commit. Sunfra’s solution fits to Continuous integration implemented using many different tools that are currently in the market, like CruiseControl, Jenkins, Hudson, Bamboo, BuildMaster, or Teamcity which offer scheduling automatically.
Highlights of the automation solution:
- Maximum test scenario coverage.
- Validations as same as Manual testing for all the scenarios.
- Allows developers trigger the tests through an email form.
- No manual intervention required.
- Change in environment(for example, from Production to Test or Test to Development) doesn’t require change in scripts.
- Scripts developed in a way such that they are quick enough.
- Processed test result reports that give insight to the required metrics.
- Result reports are sent to all stake holders involved through email.
- Possibility to trigger the scripts automatically after every commit to the code base.