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AWS CodeBuild vs Solano CI: What are the differences?

What is AWS CodeBuild? Build and test code with continuous scaling. AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers.

What is Solano CI? Massively Scalable Continuous Integration and Deployment. Faster Continuous Integration and Deployment with patented auto-parallelization. See results 10 to 80x faster. 14-day free trial. No credit card required.

AWS CodeBuild and Solano CI belong to "Continuous Integration" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by AWS CodeBuild are:

  • Fully Managed Build Service
  • Continuous Scaling
  • Enables Continuous Integration

On the other hand, Solano CI provides the following key features:

  • Parallel performance: safe parallel execution and dynamic task distribution finish builds up to 80x faster, automatically
  • Painless, revision-controlled setup: fast self-service setup for new projects and branches, compact YAML configuration file that lives in the code repository
  • Compatible with most developer environments: seamlessly supports popular languages such as Java, C/C++, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Scala, PHP and Go

"Pay per minute" is the top reason why over 4 developers like AWS CodeBuild, while over 9 developers mention "Uber-fast highly customizable parallel builds" as the leading cause for choosing Solano CI.

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What is AWS CodeBuild?

AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers.

What is Solano CI?

Faster Continuous Integration and Deployment with patented auto-parallelization. See results 10 to 80x faster. 14-day free trial. No credit card required.
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      What are some alternatives to AWS CodeBuild and Solano CI?
      Jenkins
      In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
      AWS CodePipeline
      CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process models you define.
      Apache Maven
      Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
      GitLab CI
      GitLab offers a continuous integration service. If you add a .gitlab-ci.yml file to the root directory of your repository, and configure your GitLab project to use a Runner, then each merge request or push triggers your CI pipeline.
      Travis CI
      Free for open source projects, our CI environment provides multiple runtimes (e.g. Node.js or PHP versions), data stores and so on. Because of this, hosting your project on travis-ci.com means you can effortlessly test your library or applications against multiple runtimes and data stores without even having all of them installed locally.
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      Engineering Manager at Segment
      Review ofAWS CodeBuildAWS CodeBuild

      The open-source Convox Platform-as-a-Service is built entirely on AWS cloud services.

      Through this lens, it's been obvious that AWS has been missing a managed build service. For the past year we've had to work around this by building our own build service on ECS and ECR. You can read more on my AWS Missing Parts: Build Service blog post.

      So I'm excited to finally have this service. After a quick weekend prototype, the service works as expected and will unlock Cheaper, Faster and Safer Builds for our systems.

      This is a classic AWS service. It's tricky to figure out all the options. I recommend jumping straight to the Docker example docs:

      You'll need to figure IAM, Build Project JSON, and Build Spec YAML to get it all working.

      But once you do, you've unlocked managed builds on small, medium or large compute types. No instances required!

      Review ofSolano CISolano CI

      Some of the stuff I've enjoyed the most about Solano:

      • turnkey parallelism out of the box, with very little setup required (ie, it's fasstttt with almost no work)
      • in all, when I set it up 2 years ago, I found it much easier to set up than the competitor service we were using at the time (and I've set up a couple competing services since then -- this is is still the easiest)
      • sane defaults, project auto-detection, extensive configuration available (versions of everything)
      • useful parsed results that are sortable & filterable (ie, you can filter just to show failed specs)
      • github integration (commit hooks + badges on PRs)
      • cached dependencies (for ruby, it's the bundle by default but you can add custom stuff like assets)
      • infinitely customizable (I set up a project to run specs for a mobile app I'm building. maybe not impressive to some of you but as a rails developer, I thought it was cool)
      Review ofSolano CISolano CI

      Solano is a great CI tool, and it has become an essential part of our build process. The suite builds in parallel, which makes test runs fast. The support team is super responsive and helpful.

      How developers use AWS CodeBuild and Solano CI
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      Airbnb uses Solano CISolano CI

      "There are a ton of excellent strategies for speeding up Rails test suites—aggressive use of stubbing/test doubles, decoupling logic from models, avoiding loading Rails entirely—but given the size of our codebase and the velocity with which we’re moving, most of these weren’t immediately feasible. We needed a build system that would allow us to parallelize our test suite so that the real time taken to run the suite was manageable.

      Our SRE team went through several different continuous integration solutions in the last year before settling on Solano.

      Each of the previous systems had some issue: instability, memory consumption, poor DB management, poor parallelization, painful web UI, you name it. What Solano gives us is an on-premise solution with excellent native support for fanning out tests to multiple threads, running them in parallel, and then assembling the results. It has a great web UI, CLI support, and impressive performance. Since we started using it, our deploy workflow has grown noticeably faster, and the number of wails and anguished GIFs from frustrated engineers is at an all-time low."

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      Patty R uses AWS CodeBuildAWS CodeBuild

      build, test, deploys code

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      pyramania uses Solano CISolano CI

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