Each application that designs and deploys has a long history behind. Initially, there were commercial requirements, the reason why the application needs to exist in the first place. There was a phase where you probably discussed the platform to run the application and how to manage it. Then the real work begins. Most applications go through three different phases to build, test and implement it.
As you can imagine, this application development process involves some complexities not only in how it goes through these phases but also in how it updates the application for maintenance purposes. Known as the "code channel", it is a way to continuously deliver the code needed to run an application.
AWS CodePipeline is an Amazon Cloud service that helps companies automate how this process works. By maintaining code channeling, companies can define the workflow behind how they go through the different phases of application development and also how they make changes to the infrastructure (something that can also be well defined and automated).
Before diving into some of the benefits of automating and managing code channeling, it is important to explain why this is even an important process.
Application development is already quite difficult. As mentioned, there are commercial requirements that define what type of application to create, and those requirements can change (as any developer can tell you). During the development process, there are many factors to consider, such as the user interface and graphics, the features and functions necessary to run the application, any compliance and security issues of endpoint that may arise, and what platforms will be used to Run the application Of course, it doesn't end there. Even after creating and fully testing an application, after implementing it, you will need to make continuous updates for features and security.
AWS CodePipeline eliminates some of the complexity related to the way this workflow is carried out. Without it, companies sometimes resort to an ad hoc or indefinite process, especially in smaller companies. Or they divide and conquer and assign different teams to different parts of the workflow, and communication can be easily broken. There is a pipeline that you use to coordinate the pipeline and keep track of it, instead of dividing it among the staff.
An example of this is when a retailer decides to create a new application for customers to look for products. From the beginning of the project, it is clear to everyone involved where the code resides and how it will be developed, tested and implemented. There is a clearer understanding of the stage in which the code is at all times, and there is a checkpoint to launch new versions and then manage updates and new features that will be released later.
All this creates a more agile process, one that leads to better applications that reach customers faster and more experimentation with new cutting-edge features.
Benefits of using AWS CodePipeline
Because AWS CodePipeline eliminates some of the complexity and overhead to create applications (compilation, testing and implementation), it becomes easier and faster to implement them. There is a newly discovered efficiency because it is clearer for the entire technical department and particularly for developers on how the pipe will work and how to manage it effectively.
Related to this, there is a cost savings that comes from the use of a more efficient process. AWS CodePipeline uses a cost structure that is based on the implementations it actually makes, so there are no fees for installation and configuration or a subscription model to access the pipeline in the first place. As you expand the functions, develop more applications, maintain and update more frequently, your costs can change and scale accordingly so there are no surprises.
In addition to developing faster mobile and commercial applications and savings related to the payment of implementations as you go, another benefit is related to the iteration of functions and the receipt of comments. Imagine that the old application development model is more like a house of cards. One or two changes and the cards fall, so it is often easier to keep things the same way.
With AWS CodePipeline, the structure of your application and implementation is more obvious, predictable and well managed, meaning that you can iterate over the functions and receive comments on them, without the typical concerns that small changes may cause disruptions.
The end result is that it implements richer applications and reaches customers faster, and integrates with other Amazon services, such as AWS CLI (command line interface), AWS CloudFormation (to provision applications) or AWS SDK (kits software development).
CodePipeline not only integrates with other Amazon services but also with its existing IT infrastructure and tools. For example, it works with the popular GitHub version control software platform in a way that will not interrupt your current development process. In the end, it is intended to help companies develop applications more efficiently and in a more predictable way.