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Sep 8, 2019

Jenkins VS Travis CI

Jenkins and Travis CI serve as continuous integration (CI) tools that allow developers to integrate code branches during the development process and run a series of automated tests against them. They both transform the time?consuming, manual task of building, testing, and deploying software into a fast, automated process.

When comparing Travis CI with Jenkins, we need to consider our business needs and budget.

Jenkins

Jenkins is the most popular open-source automation server that was written in a java programming language. It facilitates the automation process of continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) in the software development process.

Jenkins supports over 1,400 plugins for other software tools. These plugins expand Jenkins into five years; platforms, UI, administration, source code management, and build management.

Jenkins is easy to install and use. It provides an impressive browser-hosted project management dashboard.

Some of the common reasons to evaluate and choose Jenkins are:

  • Open-source and free
  • Widely used and well documented
  • Vibrant user community
  • Integration with a large variety of tools and technologies.
  • Plugin support
  • Easy to install, configure and upgrade
  • Distributed builds
  • Monitoring external jobs
  • Support for various authentication methods, notification, version control system, etc.

Travis CI

Travis CI was the first Continuous integration as a service tool. It introduced a new approach to build code in the cloud. Travis CI tool allows the user to sign up, link their repository, build, as well as test their apps.

This tool can easily integrate with the common cloud repositories like Bitbucket and GitHub. It offers many automated CI options which cut out the need for a dedicated server as the Travis CI server is hosted in the cloud. This allows us to test in different environments, on various machines, running on different operating systems.

For open-source projects, Travis CI is free. For commercial projects, we need to purchase an enterprise plan.

Some reasons to evaluate and choose Travis CI include:

  • Automatic integration with GitHub
  • Pre-installed build and test tools
  • Repository access to build pull requests
  • Provide services like databases, message queues, etc.
  • Deployment to multiple cloud services
  • Encrypt secure environment variables or files
  • CLI client and API for scripting
  • Support total of 21 languages like C, C#, C++, Android, Java, JavaScript (with Node.js), PHP, Perl, Python, R, Ruby, etc.
  • The tool integrates with HipChat, Slack, Email, etc.
  • It can identify small and large code changes.
  • Build artifacts and check code quality
  • In this, it is possible to run tests on Linux and Mac OS X simultaneously
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