What is DevOps? The comprehensive guide

DevOps doesn’t need to be complicated. Learn all about DevOps and how to implement DevOps workflow with these clear and comprehensive guides.

What is DevOps?

Combining the terms “development” and “operations,” DevOps is a culture and process used to remove silos and speed up quality releases through automation. DevOps increases team communication and collaboration through iterative processes, resulting in better products and faster responses to customer feedback.

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What Is CI/CD

What is CI/CD

CI/CD is a shortened term for continuous integration/continuous delivery or continuous deployment. A CI/CD pipeline within a DevOps workflow helps to enable small, frequent, iterative software changes through automation. This allows software developers to integrate code changes seamlessly and accelerate feedback loops from the testing phases to deployment.

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DevOps principles

DevOps culture is built on nine core principles that align with the primary objectives of the DevOps methodology. Understanding DevOps principles helps speed up projects’ time to market by streamlining the development process. This is achieved by reducing manual work, ensuring implementation of quality code, continuous deployment, and more.

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Version control systems

Version control systems permit users to track and manage changes to assets or code in their project. A good version control tool enables developers to keep source code organized and improve productivity by smoothing out the development process. There are three different types of VCS: local, centralized, and distributed. Read more to find out about their specific use cases and benefits.

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Source code management

Similar to version control, source code management allows developers to track changes and manage modifications to their source code. SCM significantly improves collaboration between developers through optimal tracking features implemented to prevent hours of manual work and coding oversights. Read more to find out how it works.

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Agile vs DevOps

Agile and DevOps are two similar iterative approaches to project management and software development. Agile focuses on adaptive planning with collaborative processes between all stakeholders. It values proactively responding to change and feedback (rather than reactive), and is tied to more traditional waterfall approaches. DevOps incorporates Agile principles while shifting operations roles left into development, removing silos and setting the foundation for automated processes like Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD).

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Benefits of DevOps

Studios that incorporate DevOps practices in their development are ahead of the competition: They get more done in less time, and drastically reduce crunch. The collaborative nature of a DevOps culture ensures maximum efficiency, streamlined processes, and better final results. Read more to understand the benefits of integrating DevOps tools into your workflow.

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DevOps lifecycle

Understanding the DevOps lifecycle and terminology is crucial for all stakeholders if they want to maintain an efficient development process and avoid complexities. The DevOps pipeline can be broken down into seven phases. Read more to learn about each stage and when to implement them, from the development to the final stage of the product.

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Four essential DevOps practices

Learn the must-have practices for game developers looking to implement DevOps into their workflows. Optimize for maximum efficiency across the entire development pipeline.

The hidden costs disrupting your release timelines

Unity experts share the most common causes of project slowdown, and how these problems can be solved by implementing the right version control system.

Version control and project organization best practices

Master version control and go beyond the most common tools and practices with this thorough guide from the Unity Plastic SCM team.

Bugs and automation: The next generation of QA

No game can survive without effective error monitoring. Learn how automation helps speed up development and minimize costs.

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Whether you’re a programmer trying to branch and merge code, or an artist trying to update a character model, Unity Plastic SCM is designed to help every member of your team stop scrambling and start creating.

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