SDLC Solutions for the Coding Stage
Repositories exist in centralized management solutions where integrated development tools allow quicker changes and releases from a single master source. An approved requirement or fix will trigger a new branch of the repository where developers make the necessary changes. The developer will complete the changes, test the feature or fix, and send a request for a code review to other team members.
Code reviews check for functionality, policy compliance, company coding standards, integrated security, stability, scalability, integration, and operability. Reviewers comment inside the code using threaded comments, capturing the complete change history for every update in real-time. When code passes the review, the new branch is ready for verification and merging back to the master.
Source Code Management | Version Control
All the application source code resides in a single repository with automatic version control, change tracking, audit history, and documentation storage capabilities. Once new features are ready, the team refactors the code into the master branch, with Line of Code (LoC) diff views that provide easy tracking for every each change made to the codebase. Automated validation checks ensure the team addresses any merge conflicts before updating the master.
SCM tools allow DevOps teams to rollback commits if something goes wrong, and ensures only the appropriate team members can perform a feature merge with the master. With most SCM tools providing LoC change tracking, the team can track both the history of the code and documentation contained in the repository.
Although repositories are often cloud-based and remotely hosted, local SCM Clients enable team members to work on the same codebase from their own machines. Developers push changes made in the client to the cloud repository and issue a merge request for code reviews prior to updating the master.
Modern SCM Clients provide code visualizations in the form of branching diagrams, code structuring using submodules, commit searching, interactive rebase features and built-in coding workflows.
Artifact repositories allow teams to bundle different groups of dependencies such as binary libraries, services, collections, or even fully-fledged applications. By applying version control and dependency relationships between these collections of objects, artifact managers improve the automation of the build process and the codebase’s reliability.
With artifacts, teams can reuse items during the create stage and ensure their features contain all the necessary items for each build. By using artifacts, organizational governance becomes easier and code policies are consistently enforced. As many DevOps companies pull packages from open source projects, artifact managers can also assist with compliance and license tracking during the CI/CD cycles.