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To Be Continuous

to be continuous proposes a set of GitLab CI templates developed and maintained by DevOps and technology experts to build state-of-the-art CI/CD pipelines in minutes.

Key features

Feature Description
Easy No need to master GitLab CI: follow the guide and include the templates you need.
Modular Build your project pipeline by assembling every required template.
Security Ease the use of security & quality tools (code quality, SAST, dependency check, license management, DAST, ...).
Git Workflows Our templates support modern DevOps workflows (Feature Branch, Gitflow, ...).
Up-To-Date We carefully follow every GitLab CE release to integrate every new feature to our templates.
Configurable & Extensible Comply to the convention over configuration principle.
Work with minimal configuration, yet can be configured to fit specific needs.
Review Environments Dynamically created environments in your cloud, hosting your development in progress.
It is a strict equivalent of GitLab's Review Apps feature.
Documented All our templates have an extensive online documentation.
Examples We also provide a wide variety of project samples to illustrate their use and best practices.

Implemented GitLab features

Feature Description
cache Every template carefully implements optimized cache policy to speedup your pipeline execution.
artifacts Every template implements optimized artifacts policy to keep only the bare necessities.
interruptible Every interruptible job implements the interruptible feature to allow cancelling the pipeline as soon as a newer one is triggered.
code coverage Every build&test job enforces code coverage computing (using the required build tools and options), and integration to GitLab (visible in merge requests and as a badge).
JUnit test reports Every test job produces - whenever possible - a JUnit report, so that your test reports are automatically integrated to your pipelines and merge requests.
code quality Every code quality job produces - whenever possible - a Code Climate report, so that your code quality reports are automatically integrated to your pipelines and merge requests.
environments Every deployment job declares the deployed environment to GitLab. They also implement a cleanup job for ephemeral environments, that can be triggered manually and also automatically on branch deletion.
resource_group Every deployment job implements the resource_group feature to prevent concurrent jobs deploying at the same time on the same environment.

How does it work?

Any to be continuous template may be included in your .gitlab-ci.yml file using one of the 3 techniques:

  • include:component to use it as a CI/CD component:
      # <gitlab-host>/to-be-continuous/<project>/<template>@<version>
      - component:
  • include:project to use it as a regular template:
      - project: 'to-be-continuous/maven' # this is the template project
        file: '/templates/gitlab-ci-maven.yml' # template file within the project
        ref: '3.9.0' # template version
  • or include:remote:
      - remote: ""
    ℹ this technique might only be of interest if you want to test _to be continuous from your Self-Managed GitLab without installing it locally_