Acquia (Credit image/Pixabay/Dirk Wouters)Digital experience company Acquia has announced major updates to Acquia Code Studio, the industry’s full-stack Drupal development platform. A part of Acquia Digital Experience Platform (DXP), Acquia Code Studio provides developers with the tools to plan, build, review, test, deploy, and measure their Drupal applications.

By owning and automating repetitive tasks, Acquia Code Studio helps developers stay focused on innovation. New updates integrate Code Studio with the Acquia Cloud Platform UI, reducing effort during the procurement and configuration processes.

(Image credit/LinkedInDries Buytaert)
Dries Buytaert, co-founder and CTO at Acquia

The typical Drupal development workflow can take a lot of work to set up and maintain. However, Acquia Code Studio automates many of these steps,” said Dries Buytaert, Drupal creator and co-founder and CTO of Acquia.

It enables developers to get started writing code, in an optimised workflow, right on day one. Moving forward, it continues to automate common tasks, such as checking for updates and dependencies. To ensure that developers can spend more time creating, and less time maintaining.

The enhanced integration with Acquia Cloud in the latest version unlocks new functionality for Code Studio users.

  • Developers can now manage their Code Studio seats from the platform in a User Management screen.
  • They can assign Acquia account users to Code Studio seats, grant and set roles for users, and un-assign and reassign seats.
  • Developers can automatically provision Code Studio projects from the platform UI.
  • They can see links on their Acquia Cloud environments to the corresponding branch in Code Studio.

key features of Acquia Code Studio include:

  • AutoDevOps: Automatically build, test, and deploy Drupal applications with Acquia Code Studio managed continuous integration pipelines. Drupal applications will inherit Acquia’s configurable build pipeline. This will install dependencies, scan and test your code, create a review environment, and, when ready, deploy straight to production.
  • Automatic Updates: Automatically updates Composer packages and replaces deprecated custom code. It submits those changes for users to review in a Merge Request with a dedicated review environment. When ready, users can merge the changes with a single button click, and the Acquia pipeline will send it off to production.
  • Powered by GitLab: In partnership with GitLab, Acquia hosts and manages a version of GitLab that is customised for Drupal and Acquia developers on the company’s next-generation infrastructure. Drupal-specialised features on GitLab deliver the best tools possible for Drupal development in a 100% cloud-based development workflow.

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Acquia’s Code Studio looks like an impressive toolset for developers. The full-stack tools are designed to accelerate and optimise Drupal development workflows. Acquia says its solution reduces risk and improves code quality with automated DevOps tools. Its Code Studio provides a potent toolchain for making Drupal development teams more efficient than ever. Paired with a Cloud IDE, developers can work with a Drupal-optimised toolset that’s entirely cloud-based, freeing up other team members to focus on creating code.

Software developers report that they spend only about 39% of their time creating new code or improving existing code. The rest of their time is spent maintaining, testing, and securing existing code, or on operational tasks. Hence, Acquia’s new product release. Code Studio has been designed to enable developers to spend less time with tedious maintenance tasks and more time innovating.

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