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Mobile DevOps Playbook

By : Moataz Nabil
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Mobile DevOps Playbook

By: Moataz Nabil

Overview of this book

To build mobile apps, you need to understand mobile-first features, tools, and processes that help you build, test, and release robust apps faster and more efficiently. The multitude of challenges stemming from mobile development's inherent complexities, including native iOS and Android app creation, cross-platform frameworks, and the implementation of scalable architectures within extensive teams, collectively contribute to a substantial number of obstacles that can significantly prolong the release process. This book will help you understand and implement the best practices of mobile DevOps for continuous integration, testing, delivery, deployment, and monitoring. You’ll explore different challenges faced by developers due to varied OSs, the unforgiving nature of mobile applications, and continuous updates to mobile phones and learn how to maneuver through these challenges. You’ll also get to grips with the latest trends while discovering the potential future of mobile DevOps, with valuable insights and guidance about integrating mobile development teams into your organization. By the end of this book, you’ll be well-equipped to successfully implement mobile DevOps and build fast, qualitative, and efficient mobile apps for your team or organization.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Introduction to Mobile DevOps
Part 2: Implementing the Mobile DevOps Environment
Part 3: Monitoring, Optimizing, and Securing Mobile DevOps
Part 4: Moving Beyond Mobile DevOps and the Future of DevOps

Understanding Mobile DevOps

Mobile DevOps is a set of practices that speeds up the development and delivery of mobile apps. The approach combines the principles of DevOps, which emphasize collaboration and automation in software development, with the specific challenges and considerations of developing mobile applications.

Mobile DevOps involves the following:

  • Collaboration and communication: Mobile DevOps requires close collaboration and communication between development, operations, and QA teams. It is important to establish clear lines of communication and channels for feedback and collaboration to ensure that everyone is working together toward the same goals.
  • Continuous integration, deployment, and delivery: Mobile DevOps relies on automated processes for the CI and delivery of mobile apps. This means that code changes are automatically built, tested, and deployed to staging and production environments, without the need for manual intervention.
  • Testing and quality assurance: Testing and quality assurance are critical components of Mobile DevOps. Automated testing tools and processes should be integrated into the development workflow to ensure that new code changes do not introduce bugs or regressions.
  • Monitoring and feedback: Mobile DevOps also involves monitoring the performance and usage of mobile apps in production environments, and using that data to provide feedback to development teams. This can help identify and resolve issues quickly and improve the overall user experience.
  • Tooling and technology: To implement Mobile DevOps effectively, organizations need to invest in the right tools and technologies. This may include tools for CI and delivery, automated testing, monitoring, and feedback.

For the Mobile DevOps approach to be as effective as possible, you should also integrate security throughout the entire life cycle of the mobile app releases. The Mobile DevOps approach integrates security into the process from the start, with security becoming a shared responsibility. It is called “DevSecOps” because all DevOps initiatives must be based on a secure foundation.

DevOps versus Mobile DevOps

Almost every company now uses DevOps to build, test, and deliver their backend services (APIs), websites, or infrastructure.

In the context of mobile engineering, Mobile DevOps is a variant of DevOps that focuses on the ability to rapidly deliver high-quality apps to the market, through faster iteration cycles and improved collaboration between the mobile development, operation and QA teams. A key goal of Mobile DevOps and DevOps is to promote fast, high-quality software delivery by automating, collaborating, and communicating between teams.

During the Mobile DevOps life cycle, a slightly different approach is taken. There is a change made to the steps, but the continuity symbol remains the same to deliver value apps frequently to customers, maintain quality, and monitor the applications' health in real time. An updated mobile development life cycle would likely include continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) strategies, builds, tests, releases, monitoring, and measurement.

Figure 1.1 – Mobile DevOps versus DevOps

Figure 1.1 – Mobile DevOps versus DevOps

Mobile DevOps extends the principles of DevOps to mobile app development, emphasizing collaboration and automation throughout the development life cycle. Because of fostering collaboration between developers, testers, and operations teams, I’m using the preceding figure. It’s the same practices but, for mobile, they’re unique and include different challenges.

The focus

DevOps focuses on different types of software or applications such as websites, and backend services, but Mobile DevOps is specifically focused on mobile applications.

The complexity

The wide range of device types, OS versions, and network conditions that mobile applications must support often makes their deployment environments more complex and varied than those of traditional software or applications.