Recent years have seen an astronomical increase in the speed at which code is being released by developers. In fact, 15% of developers claim they release code over 3 times as fast as previous years with 83% acknowledging that code is being released faster. However, to sustain this increase in pace, technological innovation must be fueling it. In this case, CI/CD pipelines are providing an avenue for the new expeditious release of code.
CI/CD stands for continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment. Essentially, this methodology focused on automation of straightforward yet resource-intensive areas of deploying new updates to an application. Rather than the traditional method of having a developer manually release code, the process can be automated partially or entirely to undergo the updating of an application more efficiently. In turn, the resources that are now saved can be reallocated into the further development of the application.
This is especially beneficial to mobile applications, who find themselves in an environment that requires the utmost speed with updating an app. Ultimately, CI/CD pipelines, combined with external applications that make it significantly more accessible, has the potential to help developers maintain and even increase the current breakneck pace of application development.