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Top 5 Tools For DevOps

Top 5 Tools For DevOps

Through the integration of development and operations to create DevOps, a whole new perspective has been borne down upon the world of software development. For those that are a bit new to DevOps, or those that are looking to learn more and improve it can be difficult knowing which tool is the best.

That’s why we have put together this handy list of our top 5 tools for DevOps that we feel should be an essential part of your stack!


1. Gradle

If you are looking for a super-reliable build tool for your DevOps tool stack then Gradle, which burst onto the scene a decade ago is worth considering. Whilst Apache Ant and Maven had somewhat dominated the market in recent years, Gradle is growing in popularity, due in part to its versatility. It allows code to be written in C++, Java, and Python amongst others and it is supported by IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, and Netbeans. If you need a bit of extra convincing, Gradle is the official build tool that Google use for Android Studio

It also offers incremental builds and performance wise is up to 100 times faster than Maven due to its build cache and daemon. This results in a tool that comes with a lot of configuration options as well as much faster shipping.


2. Git

One of the most widely known and used DevOp tools, Git is a distributed source code management tool. Used by open source contributors and remote teams, it allows users to track the progress of their development work as they go. You can save different versions and then revert back to previous versions whenever you need to and this means it is great for experimenting.

In order to integrate Git with your DevOps it needs to be hosted in the same place as repositories so that team members can push their work. You can host Git on GitHub and BitBucket which both have fantastic integrations with programmes such as Slack.


3. Jenkins

This tool has firmly established itself as one of the go-to DevOps tools for a great number of software development teams. An open source CI/CD server, it gives users the ability to automate all of the various different stages of the delivery pipeline. It also enjoys a big plugin ecosystem with more than 1000 plugins. This means it integrates seamlessly with almost all of the DevOps tools on the market, including Puppet and Docker.

It runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and it can be easily installed with Docker.


4. Bamboo

Some say that Bamboo has a number of similarities with Jenkins, but the main difference is that Bamboo comes with a price tag whereas Jenkins is open source. It is an Atlassian CI/CD server solution that has a number of similar features to Jenkins and it allows you to automate the delivery pipeline from start to finish.

It has many built in functionalities that are already set up when you install but it only has around 100 plugins. It integrates well with all other Atlassian products and gives you access to Git and Mercurial workflows and test environments. All things considered and despite the price tag, Bamboo can save you a lot of configuration time as well as coming with tooltips, auto-completion and other useful features.


5. Docker

One of the most well-known container platforms out there, Docker is also considered as one of the most important tools on the market. It has single handedly made containerisation a thing. Through its distributed development functions and the automation of app deployment, it also isolates applications into different containers so they are more secure, as well as portable. Apps in Docker are also independent from their platform and OS and you can use Docker containers instead of a virtual machine.

It integrates well with Jenkins and Bamboo and by combining it with one of these automation servers, you can significantly improve your delivery workflow.


Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
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Last modified on: August 27, 2019

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