April 28, 2023 . 4 min read .
If you’ve ever tried building a pipeline without a low code editor, you know firsthand the challenges that come with writing code. The process can be time-consuming and frustrating, from troubleshooting errors to managing intricate workflows.
However, you can streamline your workflow and get around problems such as higher complexity, error handling and debugging, version control, security Issues, handling dependencies, testing, monitoring, and scalability problems, by using a low code pipeline builder. In this blog, we’ll explore the advantages of using a low code editor, such as improved productivity, streamlined teamwork, and quicker development times. Learn how a low code editor like Ozone Pipeline Studio can revolutionize the way you create pipelines!
Ozone Pipeline Studio is a GUI that allows users to drag and drop task templates from a task catalog that contains more than 100 task templates covering all devOps phases,(code, build, test, release, deploy, operate, monitor, plan) to create pipelines. It is constructed over the Tekton DAG but expands on it to provide much, much more.
It’s crucial to comprehend Tekton and its ideas before delving into the Ozone Pipeline Studio’s specifics.
Tekton is an open-source Kubernetes native framework for creating and managing pipelines for continuous integration and delivery. It allows teams to work together and automate their software delivery process by offering a flexible and extensible way to define, run, and manage pipelines.
Tekton uses the YAML syntax for declarative pipelines and consists of tasks. Some basic terms in Tekton are as follows:
A Tekton task is made up of several Steps that you define and arrange in a particular order of execution as part of your continuous integration flow. Within your Kubernetes cluster, a Task runs as a Pod. A Task is accessible only within a particular namespace, whereas a ClusterTask is accessible throughout the entire cluster.
A task is a set of actions performed in that order. Each step of a task that Tekton executes takes the form of a running container in a Kubernetes pod. A shared environment for several related steps is made possible by this design.
A Task declaration includes the following elements:
Example of Tekton Task :
Tekton Pipelines are an open source project for configuring and running Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery pipelines within a Kubernetes cluster. It Defines a series of Tasks that accomplish a specific build or delivery goal, which can be triggered by an event or invoked from a PipelineRun. Pipelines in Tekton are defined in YAML files, typically kept in a Git repository. Using a Pipeline, we can run multiple Tasks together in a user-defined sequence or order.
Structure of a pipeline
Example of a pipeline :
Tekton is an open-source framework for building Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery systems across cloud providers and on-premises environments. It gives programmers a declarative method for defining, versioning, and sharing intricate CI/CD workflows as code, empowering them to easily automate the creation, testing, and deployment of their applications. However, other CI/CD platforms may present difficulties for developers due to their constrained capabilities and flexibility.
The Challenges Faced on most other platforms:
While Tekton aims to address the limitations of other platforms by providing a more flexible Kubernetes-native framework for building and managing pipelines, the Ozone Pipeline Studio goes above and beyond by offering a complete solution that streamlines the entire pipeline development process.
Sample Pipeline in Visual Mode
Sample Pipeline in YAML mode
What Sets Ozone Studio Apart :
1. Parallel Executions of Chains
2. One to Many mapping of Task and Pipelines
3. Catalog of 100+ task and Pipelines templates
Catalog of tasks based on stages within CI/CD
5. Input Parameter mapping through Result passing
6.Fit-to-screen functionality to rearrange tasks automatically and best fit them on the canvas, and Infinite Canvas with Keyboard, Mouse functionalities and Zoom-in/out features
7. View, Edit and Clone functionality for a pipeline
Edit of tasks on canvas
8. Parameterized inputs that make the pipeline generic. There’s support for dynamic secret injections through variables.
9. Pipeline Status Monitoring through UI :
Task and step-level run view and logs
When a major app update or bug fixes need to be pushed, a workflow of releasing them is undertaken which typically consists of deploying numerous microservices. While the traditional approach would be to code the pipelines and run them in unison, managing a release becomes quite challenging.
This is where teams can leverage the Ozone Pipeline Studio to drag, drop, and connect multiple pipelines and deploy the whole release akin to deploying a major app made of multiple smaller applications. Hence the term “app-of-apps”.
On Ozone, teams can build a workflow of multiple pipelines and run on separate environments, microservices, and the clusters where they are deployed.
Additionally, scans and approvals can also be configured to run in parallel based on the use-case.
For Example, Ozone Enable use cases such as this to be implemented through releases :
As can be seen from this blog, the combination of Tekton’s Kubernetes-native capabilities along with Ozone’s low-code approach and added functionalities, go a long way towards streamlining pipeline management. Get on a free trial now to find out how best the platform can address your requirements.
Ozone is focused on eliminating every complexity of a DevOps team. It simplifies and automates containerized and decentralised application deployments across hybrid cloud and diverse blockchain networks. Ozone integrates seamlessly with major tools across CI, CD, analytics and automation to support your software delivery end to end for even the most complex scenarios.
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