Surprisingly, many open source projects don’t implement a continuous integration (CI) solution. Perhaps your project is one of these. You might be thinking, “We don’t need it, we know what we’re doing,” or even, “We’re too small, we’ll implement it later.”
When maintainers do use CI, it’s often an insufficient implementation, such as using it for deployment without any testing.
I should know; I’ve been guilty of this myself.
But I want to show you that the decision to implement CI for an open source project is not about you. It’s about providing the right tools for contributions. It’s about enabling your project growing steadily with healthy code.
Using CI in your open source projects will help empower your contributors to make better PRs more easily and help your project grow and thrive.
Read on for four ways that CI can empower your open source contributors: