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A "CI/CD pipeline" stands for "Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment pipeline." It is a set of automated processes that help development teams build, test, and deploy software changes to production in a consistent and efficient manner. The pipeline encompasses a series of stages, from code integration and automated testing to deployment and monitoring.
In a CI/CD pipeline:
- Continuous Integration (CI): Developers frequently merge their code changes into a shared repository. Automated build and testing processes are triggered to verify that new code integrates smoothly with the existing codebase and does not introduce regressions.
- Continuous Deployment (CD): After successful integration and testing, the code is automatically deployed to a staging environment or directly to production. CD ensures that changes are rapidly and reliably deployed to users.
The CI/CD pipeline aims to automate manual processes, reduce the risk of errors, and accelerate the software delivery cycle. It promotes a culture of frequent and incremental updates, allowing development teams to deliver new features, bug fixes, and improvements more rapidly while maintaining a high level of quality and reliability.