What Is Buddy?
Testing plays a crucial role in the app and website development process. There’s simply no way anybody can create a perfect app in one sitting. Iteration is all part of the game, and testing helps developers achieve the right balance of aesthetics and functionality for their app or website.
This is where tools like Buddy come in. Buddy is a CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment) tool for web and software developers, system administrators, and DevOps teams that allows you to launch and test your web projects with code from GitHub, Bitbucket and GitLab repositories. Introducing Continuous Deployment to your workflow with Docker-based builds and lightning fast deployments, it guarantees your software is always ready for release to production, so you can get feedback from your clients and introduce new features faster.
On top of the integration with external providers, Buddy offers its users free integrated Git hosting with branch management, push permissions, merge requests, and a web code editor. All of the above turns it into an automation platform that makes the usually tedious software development process quicker and much simpler – from committing to building, from automated tests to deployment to production.
Setup and Implementation
Buddy can be used both as a cloud-based platform and an on-premises application. To access the cloud app, simply navigate to https://buddy.works/ and sign up with an existing account on GitHub or Bitbucket, or use your email address.
Buddy GO, the on-premises version, is beneficial to teams that require their code to be kept in-house for privacy purposes, those in a remote location with sluggish internet connection, and developers who want absolute control over the software they create. This version carries the same features as its cloud counterpart but without the limitations on project size and quantity.
Buddy GO can be installed on any machine with an operating system that supports the Docker platform, namely Mac OSX, Linux, and soon Windows. It can also be installed on cloud hosts such as Amazon EC2, DigitalOcean, and Microsoft Azure.
Single-Push Deployment to Branch
Buddy was developed in response to the growing complexities of day-to-day web and software development. The core idea behind the application is to allow developers to run builds in Docker containers and then deploy them to the server on a single push.
It supports pre-installed development languages and frameworks, including Node.js, PHP, Java, .NET, Python, Ruby, Angular, Go, and Ember.js, with the overall number of actions exceeding 30.
Buddy simplifies the myriad tasks involved in software development by bringing together various tools that allow you to create build-test-deploy workflows within 15-20 minutes. Actions you can perform include launching containers, file transfer, push notifications, automatic deployment to your IAAS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) platform, setting conditional actions, backup automation, and apps monitoring, among others.
With your workflows set up and configured, deployments can be triggered for every push or passed test. You can also run deployments manually with one click, which is especially important for production deployments. Buddy tracks all errors, changes made, and actions performed on each of your projects via detailed audit logs, so you can easily pinpoint what to fix, or revert to a previous version if needed.
Buddy encourages teamwork across all positions in the web development industry. That includes system admins, developers, designers, and even your clients, particularly if you require their input to help with feedback and brainstorming.
Custom permissions can be created to match each user’s credentials and role in the team. An activity stream is available for all, and notifications are sent to relevant users.
Buddy employs various security protocols to protect your data at all times. Data transmission to and from Buddy is over SSL, and all forms of communication with the repository is performed via HTTPS or SSH using key-based authentication.
User accounts are not stored on Buddy machines, and employees can only access private repositories at the user’s request for support purposes. Passwords and access keys are salted and hashed and kept in that form in the Buddy database.
Detailed audit logs ensure you’re on top of every change made to your projects, and role-based user permissions see to it that access and actions are only done by authorized people.
Third-Party App Integrations
Buddy makes data sharing with third-party applications faster and more seamless through its native integration with 30+ tools that include AWS and Google Services, Heroku, Digital Ocean, Microsoft Azure, Modulus, Shopify, and Slack.
A developer REST API is also available for custom integrations.
Buddy comes with several support options: live site support with dedicated onboarding, knowledge base, extensive guides with use-cases, company blog, community forum where staff actively participate, as well as a weekly newsletter with changelogs and new features.
Who Should Use Buddy?
Buddy is an automation companion built, first and foremost, for web and software developers. The system considerably shortens the time involved for a web project to move from the building stage to deployment. It offers tiered packages and can be used by freelancers and teams.
Buddy is a CI/CD tool that’s simple enough for beginners but packed with powerful features that allow for flexibility for all sorts of projects. Through automated workflows that you can set up in mere minutes, testing, debugging, updating, and deploying code is faster and easier, affording you more time to meet customer demands, with its scalable plans letting you pay only for what you need.