Delivering software quickly, reliably, and safely is at the heart of every digital transformation and application modernization journey. After all, an increase in speed generates powerful business outcomes.
Driving developer productivity First, Google added support for Cloud Run, Google’s fully managed container platform, into google Cloud Code IDE plugins. Now you can write, deploy, and debug containerized applications directly from your IDEs such as VS Code and IntelliJ onto google’s fully managed serverless runtime. The integration comes with starter templates in various languages including Java, Node.js, Python, and Go—making it easy to get started and observe best practices. This in turn helps you rapidly explore the core benefits of Cloud Run such as automated day 2 operations, and cost-effective, automatically scaled containerized applications.
Second, google built in extensive support for fast feedback as part of the local development loop. To achieve this, Cloud Code includes a new Cloud Run emulator for VS Code and IntellIJ that runs on your local machine to let you quickly validate changes, thereby taking away the toil of iterating on and redeploying changes. Once you’ve vetted the changes locally, you can push the changes directly as an update/revision to Cloud Run right from within the IDE. With the ability to rapidly iterate on your code locally as well in the cloud, you can catch issues early and resolve any issues discovered in the live application.
Third, to further enable you to start building applications quickly, Google have added built-in support for Google Cloud Buildpacks in Cloud Code. Developers should focus their effort on translating business requirements into code—not working out how to containerize that code. Today, developers spend a lot of time writing Dockerfiles and defining how a container should be built. This process is error-prone and requires skills and time that are better spent developing new functionality. Google Cloud Buildpacks pull together all the dependencies and frameworks required to run your application without a Dockerfile. These buildpacks also provide a great way for security teams to validate what runs on the platform, ensuring compliance and an enhanced security posture. Cloud Buildpacks are fully supported by Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Cloud Run and Anthos. The above enhancements in Cloud Code and Cloud Run streamline application development and delivery. As you build larger applications and automate increasingly complex business processes, you may need to integrate Google Cloud APIs, External APIs, and Google's serverless runtimes. Securing the software supply chain
Accelerated software delivery goes hand in hand with “shifting left” on security. And in an era of ubiquitous threats, securing the software supply chain is vitally important. However, you don’t want security reviews to slow you down. DORA’s research highlights how the highest performing “Elite” teams are able to conduct security reviews in days, by building security throughout the software development process. The same process can take weeks for low performers. To help you improve your security posture and employ practices implemented by Elite performers, Artifact Registry is now available in beta.
Deliver better software, faster.
Our goal with these releases is to give you the speed, security, and stability you need to implement application development and deliver practices employed by Elite DevOps teams. You can see all of these new features in action here.