GitHub launched GitHub Actions in beta which enabled developers to create automated workflows to build, test, and deploy their source code on GitHub. In this article, we will discuss about GitHub Actions and how it can be used to build an automated software development life-cycle workflow.
GitHub has become one of the most widely used Source Code Repository. Its Distributed Version Control System helps the developers for faster development and Integration of their code. Recently, it launched GitHub Actions in beta which enabled developers to create automated workflows to build, test, and deploy their source code on GitHub.
In this article, we will discuss about GitHub Actions and how it can be used to build an automated software development life-cycle workflow.
Below are the things we will discuss in this article:
Using GitHub Actions, we can create custom workflows that will help to build, test, package, release or deploy the code without leaving the GitHub UI. It enables us to build Continuous integration and Continuous Deployment capabilities directly in our repository. Here are some important features about GitHub Actions.
*YAML based process: *The workflow is written in YAML. Hence it is easy to create, read and use the actions that make up the workflow.
*One Place for everything: *By using GitHub Actions, we can build and test the developed code directly in our repository. There is no need to worry about integrating the source code repository with other build and deployment tools. Everything can be done in one single place.
Easy to integrate code: **Since enabling CI/CD directly in the repository is possible using workflows, creating merge requests(MR**s), building, testing and integrating them become way more seamless.
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A common challenge that cloud native application developers face is manually testing against inconsistent environments. GitHub Actions can be triggered based on nearly any GitHub event making it possible to build in accountability for updating tests and fixing bugs.
Even if you’re the only developer in a project, you still have to make sure you automate your deployment process and follow certain steps in order to prevent bugs sneak into production code. Writing tests is the first step of it. But then, running those tests everytime you make a change in the code is a time consuming process where you can benefit from some automation. This is where Github Actions come into play: How about creating a workflow in Github Actions which will run the tests for you when you make a pull request and won’t allow merging to master and deploying to production if the tests fail? That would really help with avoiding unintentional deployment of buggy code. Another important point is not forgetting to deploy your code into production when a pull request is merged to master. The Github workflow that we are going to create will also handle that by automatically deploying to Firebase Hosting when a pull request is completed. CI/CD with Vue, Firebase Hosting and Github Actions
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Github Actions is Github’s native solution to CI/CD, which is available to the developer’s community since it was launched in 2019. Action’s simple, flexible, and affordable nature made many teams migrate from existing CI/CD solutions to unlock the endless possibilities of the new platform.