Understanding Bamboo integration for CI/CD Pipeline

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October 23, 2020
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Understanding Bamboo integration for CI/CD Pipeline

There are nearly 23.9 million software developers who code and build programs for businesses and enterprises that look to providing solutions for a better living. This means that there are millions of lines of program code being written this very instant as you read. While there is a lot of programming and development that is going on worldwide, how are people and businesses able to execute these lines of code into real-world practical applications is a question that we must ask. The future of application or software development lies in testing and deployment technologies like DevOps, CI/CD Pipeline, automation, etc.

Software testing has gone through different eras from manual testing to automation to continuous testing. The current testing technologies that most software firms are looking to explore is what is called the DevOps which is part of the broader framework of Continuous Testing, and CI/CD is part of this broader piece of the pie.

What is CI/CD Pipeline?

In the software testing domain, CI/CD pipelines have been exhaustively used to speed up the testing and deployment processes to produce results that are effective and efficient. While some of us already know of the CI/CD technologies and how they function, most of us are still exploring its features and possibilities. To get our fundamentals right, CI stands for Continuous Integration which means that there is a continuous generation of build and test sequences to any program or software package that is built using code. CI monitors the code consistently for any changes or modifications to automatically generate the build and test sequence for the project that you build.  

CD on the other hand also called Continuous Delivery ensures the administration of the automatic infrastructure deployment for the builds. While the CI/CD pipeline is a framework that is available to use, there are different tools that implement this technology to help businesses release their software applications faster.

Bamboo is one such application that implements the CI/CD framework.

What is Bamboo CI Server?

Bamboo is a continuous integration server that is used to automate the testing of any software program or application for a quicker release creating a continuous delivery pipeline. The CI/CD pipeline is instrumental in automating builds, documenting logs, executing tests to assess different parameters of the program and its functionality of the code that is committed. Bamboo integration enables developers to create automated build and test processes for any software program. It also provides a platform to segregate builds that have different targets and requirements, an added advantage is its ability to deploy the program automatically into the server for its release, which saves a lot of time as compared to manual testing. Below is a list of features that are available on the Bamboo platform.

Bamboo Feature

Bamboo uses a repository of code that developers provide to schedule and coordinate the building and testing processes of your application. In order to schedule these automated processes, one would need to have the complete source code of the project, the build, and test scripts.

Advantages of Bamboo integration

A CI server like Bamboo advances the amounts of time it takes to perform builds and deployments. Some of its advantages include –

  • Umteen integrations that are compatible with Bamboo make it all the more faster for businesses to assess and make changes using the test analytical data.
  • End-to-end visibility into quality, release management and status of builds all in one place. 
  • Most of the Functionality is pre-built into the platform with minimal to no need for plugins. 
  • Seamless integration with products such as Jira and Bitbucket 
  • Bamboo’s CI makes it deployment-ready as well. 
  • Tinder and intuitive user-interface makes it easy to navigate through options and tools for a fast and easy functionality. 
  • Different staging environments available on Bamboo allows the QA and developer teams to deploy environments on demand without causing any disturbance to the production environment.
Bamboo integrations

Workflow of Bamboo CI Server

Bamboo’s workflow is pretty straightforward when it comes to coordinating the builds and test suites. The configuration of the order of actions in its workflow is generally divided into different segments and sections which make up the building blocks of its workflow. A high-level understanding of the building blocks of a Bamboo workflow would point you to Plans, Jobs, and Tasks.

Plans consist of a single-stage by default. However, it can be used to group jobs into multiple stages to execute the jobs as and when required. Plans use the same repository to run a series of one or more stages sequentially for faster execution and app testing needs. While you can have separate stages to segregate jobs and tasks within them, Plans ensure that you have everything in one place. 

Jobs consists of tasks that are run sequentially on the same agent. They provide you control over the order of the tasks that need to be performed for your build. Jobs collect the requirements of the tasks to map out the capabilities required for it in the understanding of the Bamboo CI Server. 

Tasks are the smallest discrete working units that execute the commands given to any system. A general task would comprise of parsing test results, executing Maven goals, running scripts, or executing source code checkouts. Tasks run sequentially within a job on the working Bamboo directory.

Integrating Bamboo CI server for your testing needs is sure to help you scale up the pace of your builds and deployments. The several integrations that are supported by Bamboo will help gather all your requirements in one place for execution and implementation. You can easily integrate pCloudy as your cross-browser testing tool to test your websites and web-apps and analyze your test result on the go. For a detailed summary of the steps you need to follow, you can click on the Bamboo integration link here.

Dinakar
Dinakar

Dinakar is a Content Developer at pCloudy. He is an ardent technology explorer who loves sharing ideas in the tech domain. In his free time, you will find him engrossed in books on health & wellness, and playing the guitar. He loves the sight of the oceans and the sound of the waves on a bright sunny day.

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iPhone 12 Launch, Features and Updates

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October 19, 2020
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iPhone 12 Launch, Features and Updates

The number of active users from last year released by apple showed that there are close to 1.4 billion people in the world that use an iPhone. The number is only growing and adding more revenue to innovate and come up with new products every now and then. A business that started from a garage by two college dropouts to a multinational technology company that boasts of a 2 trillion dollar net worth. Apple has definitely been breaking many milestones and continues to surprise its audience with its innovative technologies and products year on year. The recent launch on the 13th of Oct 2020 by Apple brought Christmas early for many Apple lovers.

The Launch

The pandemic sure didn’t disrupt that launch for Apple, as they ensured they had it streaming live over the internet for users and viewers to be part of the event. The CEO of Apple Tim Cook started the launch by announcing the new HomePod Mini, which is an affordable version of the HomePod smart speaker powered by Siri. The launch was streamed live from Apple Park, California on their website and YouTube as well. With over a 53million views in a week, the event was a sure success as many were in great anticipation for the “Hi, Speed.” event. Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 Line up and also the HomePod Mini as part of the event.

Products Unveiled

HomePod Mini

The first product that was unveiled at the launch event was the HomePod mini which was the affordable version of the Smart Speaker HomePod. The HomePod is likely to compete with the other smart speakers in the market like Google’s Nest Audio, and the Amazon Echo. The HomePod mini boasts of an elegant acoustic waveguide design that ensures a consistent 360 degrees sound experience with a Backlit Touch surface to control Volume, Play/Pause, and also to Illuminate on invoking Siri through voice recognition. The smart speaker comes with dynamic drivers that reduce sound distortion. The device is also equipped with passive radiators for improved bass response and immersive sound experience.

The performance of the speaker is sure to be great as they have used the Apple s5 Chip for computational Audio, the intelligent system also allows a stereo sound when two HomePod Minis are kept close to each other. The U1 Ultra Wideband Chip provides seamless connectivity with your iPhone when it is brought close to the device. In terms of the colors, the HomePod mini comes with the signature white and space grey color palettes and is priced at an affordable price of $99.00.

iPhone 12 Models

The event was aptly named “Hi, Speed.” to inaugurate and welcome the new way of communication, the 5G. Apple sure got the speed on point with the new phones to be compatible with the 5g speeds for improved performance, connectivity, and digital experience. The iPhone 12 series comes with an advanced chipset, with the introduction of the A14 Bionic chipset to ensure an accelerated improvement to help its functioning, performance, and improved camera performance. The iPhone 12 models range from the Mini to iPhone 12, to 12 Pro, and finally 12 Pro Max.

The Details

There aren’t many stark differences between the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. However, the Mini and Pro max vary a bit with the screen size and some specs. The iPhone 12 Mini is claimed to be “11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter than its predecessor, Apple is also claiming the Mini to be the “smallest, thinnest lightest 5G phone in the world”, with a screen size of 5.4 inches in the display. Apple has upgraded its display from the liquid retina LCD display to Super Retina XDR OLED screens. The upgrade is the same across all the phones barring the screen sizes. The upgrade has significantly bumped up the pixels to a number twice than that of the iPhone 11 with a pixel ratio of 2million:1. The A14 Chipset is set to help with Image Signal Processor across all the iPhone models for a better experience while capturing photos or videos.

The iPhone 12 and the Mini are equipped with Wide and Ultra-Wide Camera lenses that are enhanced for better performance under low light as well. The Mini and iPhone 12 are made of an aluminum frame with ceramic coating for better durability and design, they come in 5 colors – Black, White, Red, Green, and Blue and are priced at $699 for the Mini and $799 in the US.

The iPhone 12 and Pro possess a screen size of 6.1 inches, while the Pro Max boasts of a 6.7 inch display. Nonetheless, the Pro and Pro Max stand at higher ground compared to the Mini and the 12, as they are equipped with an additional 52mm third telephoto camera lens for elegant looking portrait shots. The Pro and Pro Max are also equipped with a Lidar Scanner to measure distances using the laser reflection technology, they also have better build quality, as they come with a surgical grade stainless steel Band and Backglass that are again coated with Ceramic for added durability and design. They are also more dust and water-resistant as the phones are equipped with IP68 standards. The Pro and Pro Max come in Silver, Graphite, Gold, and Pacific Blue color options to choose from and cost $999 and $1099 respectively.

The phone charging system has been upgraded with the MagSafe technology for Magnetic Charging. The charging module will need to be bought separately as it doesn’t come with the phone, the charging module can be used for other functions such as type-C connectivity. All the iPhone 12 models come with a Dolby Vision with video recording capabilities for a better video recording experience.

Done and Dusted

The event lasted for about an hour and to some extent was a bit predictive of the 5G compatibility. The event came to a close by announcing that the pre-order requests for the iPhone 12 and the Pro will start from Oct 16th and will be available in the market on the 23rd of October. However, for those looking to purchase the iPhone 12 Mini or the Pro Max, will have to wait a bit longer as they are set to be available in the market only by the 13th of Nov, for which the pre-order requests start only from the 6th of Nov.

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Summary of pCloudy’s New Pricing Plan

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Summary of pCloudy’s New Pricing Plan

This summary should help you understand the key upgrades we have made in terms of the Pricing and Benefits. We hope this page is helpful and urge you to read it in full to take advantage of the new pricing terms.

A Snapshot of the Pricing Plan Changes

The earlier pricing model was tailored in a way that you pay for the amount of usage. However, we have realised that it started to become difficult for enterprises to manage the credits and pay for additional minutes every time. And so, we rolled out the new pricing model to take away the hassle of credit and usage management.

The New Pricing Regime gives you access to unlimited device usage without having to worry about the minutes of usage. You will simply need to pay for the number of users who will access the platform to provide them with unlimited access to the different types of Testing.

Pricing Plan

The Pricing plan is divided into two main segments namely the Mobile and Web App Testing. You can choose your plans and pay for them based on your needs. Choosing from various options of Parallel Live Sessions to Automated Testing makes it all the more easy to plan budgets according to your needs.


What Are Parallel Live Sessions?

Parallel live sessions are designed to provide you an option to run multiple testing sessions simultaneously. For example, if you avail a 10 parallel session plan, 10 team members can run live test sessions at the same time or a single user can run 10 live testing sessions parallelly.



Mobile App Testing

We have upgraded the access to unlimited device usage on our platform. This gives you the benefit to access all the devices available on the Cloud which was earlier restricted to a particular plan.


Mobile App Live Testing

The Pay-As-You-Go model has been upgraded from buying just a few minutes of testing to unlimited usage to meet your testing requirements through the subscription model. Now you can opt to choose the number of parallel live sessions depending on your feasibility and needs with unlimited functional app testing minutes.

Mobile App Automated Testing

On the automation front, we have extended the limit of the number of parallel test-runs that you can run on our platform. With the Automated Testing plan, you get all the benefits of automated testing and also additional features of Live Testing to run both the unlimited automation testing and Live Testing.

Web Testing

Our new feature launch of the Browser Cloud Lab gives you access to a diverse range of Browsers and their versions to perform cross-browser testing of your Web-Apps. Now you are no more limited to real mobile devices, but can also access browsers to check and assess the performance of your web-apps at ease.

Web Testing is segregated into two buckets of live and automated testing.


Live Web Testing

pCloudy’s Live Web Testing provides you with access to real Mac and Windows computer systems where you can run unlimited functional testing runs through unlimited user logins. You can opt to access and run 10 parallel live sessions on a variety of browsers, browser versions, and screen resolutions.

Automated Web Testing

We have made it easier for users to run their Automation scripts through our Automated Web Testing platform. The new pricing plan has enabled us to release unlimited automation minutes for your automated web testing needs. The new plan allows you to opt-in for parallel test runs. A 5 parallel live session plan would allow you to run your automation scripts on 5 different browsers or systems at the same time and give you access to 5 parallel devices for automation.

How do Parallel Live Sessions work for Browser Cloud?

Parallel live sessions help you run multiple testing sessions simultaneously. For example, if you avail a 5 parallel session plan, 5 team members can run live browser test sessions at the same time or a single user can run 5 live browser testing sessions on different browsers or systems parallelly.


How does the Free Trial Work?

If you are new to the field and would like to explore pCloudy’s testing platform, we give you free unlimited access to explore all the features on the platform upon signup. Once you have validated your contact details you will additionally receive free 180 Mobile App testing minutes and 60 Browser App Testing minutes to run your tests for free.

Feature Highlights

  • Enterprise Grade Security
  • Access to Both Sim & Non-Sim devices for Network staging environments
  • Access to Real Devices and computer systems
  • Integration with popular testing tools
  • CI/CD integration
  • 24×7 Customer Support

Existing Users can benefit from unlimited access to devices that are available to run tests for an unlimited period of time through the New Pricing Plan. The hassle of worrying about credit management between users is out of the question as you welcome this new change and take advantage of the New Pricing Plan.

Dinakar
Dinakar

Dinakar is a Content Developer at pCloudy. He is an ardent technology explorer who loves sharing ideas in the tech domain. In his free time, you will find him engrossed in books on health & wellness, and playing the guitar. He loves the sight of the oceans and the sound of the waves on a bright sunny day.

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