The tasks or commands should be easy to use. You don't need to resort to complex scripts to build a pipeline . A knowledge of what you need to achieve from a pipeline and salesforce development (such as Salesforce DX, Unlocked Package/Org Based deployment model or a hybrid where you combine both*) should be enough to get you going.
We will also strive to provide sample pipelines to quickly get you started. Our azure pipelines extension is built with the classic (UI based) configuration in mind.
*If you need a refresher on Salesforce DX, Unlocked Packages or Org Based Deployment, checkout some of the available trailhead modules here
The native extensions provided by the project will integrate with CI/CD platform features wherever applicable, rather than providing our own dashboards/reports or rolling out features that break the platform conventions.
sfpowerscripts (cli/azure pipelines) is built on the concept of generating artifacts for package creation tasks, unlocked or not, which then could be versioned, uploaded into an artifact provider or utilized in subsequent stages for deployment.
The following package creation commands shows this in action
Create Source Package
Create Unlocked Package
Create Delta Package
These tasks should be invoked on a build stage when a feature branch merges into an integration branch. We also provide tasks such as 'Create Source Package' for projects which do not use an unlocked package to produce these artifacts.
These commands create an artifact named
<package_name>_sfpowerscripts_artifact. This directory contains the following items
A JSON based manifest that contains information about the package
A JSON based schema that carries all commit description about the package
A directory containing the metadata in source format
The artifact could be packaged as a zip file and uploaded to any artifact provider and could be used in any subsequent pipelines.
One of the common questions that is often asked to us, does deploying packages compared to delta deployments ( deploys only what is changed between two commits or a range of commits) make the overall deployment slower?
As packages are always deployed in its entirety, this is an understood fact. sfpowerscripts will always be built with features to optimize for speed but still ensuring the org is traceable compared to happy soup
Features currently enabling this principle include
,All sfpowerscripts package creation commands feature a diff check, which builds the package only if it detects a change.
Packages will only be installed in the org, if the given package is not installed in the org
Support for mono repository with multiple packages reducing overhead
Of course the onus is on developers to granularize packages, so that this could be achieved, but be assured the tooling is available.