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Software build, packaging, and deployment play a crucial role in release management

Cloud computing has paved the way for programmable infrastructure, which brought extreme automation into software development lifecycle. The ability to provision resources, configuring them on the fly, deploying applications, and monitoring the entire process led to the DevOps culture where developers and the operators are collaborating throughout the application lifecycle. While provisioning and configuration are best left to tools such as Chef, Puppet, and Ansible, one open source software that became the cornerstone of DevOps is Jenkins.

Software build, packaging, and deployment play a crucial role in release management. Enterprise developers often relied on tools such as Make, MS Build, Ant, Maven, and Gradle to compile and link source code. The rise of polyglot programming and distributed development increased the complexity of build management. That’s exactly where Jenkins comes to the rescue of development teams. By automating the build process, Jenkins can efficiently orchestrate complex workflows required by large teams. By integrating with the source code control system, Jenkins can invoke multiple build processes targeting different environments. The output of this would result in a set of EXEs, DLLs, or JAR files depending on the platform. Jenkins can also build free-style software that doesn’t rely on specific build tools like Ant and Maven. It can invoke simple shell scripts to perform pre-build and post-build tasks. This option enables Node.js, Python, Ruby and other environments to take advantage of build automation.

During the last couple of years, Docker moved fast to become the preferred environment for software development and testing. DevOps teams are finding it efficient to configure dev/test environments based on Docker. It has also revolutionized software packaging and deployment. Instead of deploying the final set of artifacts such as EXE and JAR files to the target environment, ops teams are now packaging the entire application as a Docker Image. This image shares the same build version before getting published to a central registry. It is then picked up by various environments – development, testing, staging, and production – for final deployment. So, Docker has essentially become the de facto packaging format for binaries.

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