Part 1. Make it happen

A technically savvy programmer and project manager once asked how we’d describe continuous integration (CI) to someone who had never heard of it. We said there are two types of answers, and which one to give depends on how much time the listener has. The longer answer starts with part 1 of the book. The shorter one is not really an answer—it’s another question that can give you an idea about what CI is. Do you remember the last time you released software? That’s the time in the project when you gather all the bits and pieces required to deliver the software to the customer. Was it painful? Yes? Well, that’s where CI can come to the rescue.

In the first part of this book (chapters 1 through 6), we’ll lay the groundwork ...

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