If you are following agile then continuous integration is must. I have setup
CI/CD in Azure DevOps and I personally found my Angular build is taking lot
of time. The
npm install step itself takes like around 3 minutes or so to
download all node_modules files. If you are using
nrwl.Nx monorepo then you will notice your
npm install or
npm ci step will take around 8 to 10 minutes. Every-time you push the build it
will download all of the node packages from npm.org and will spend same amount
of time even-though you have not changed their versions. That is waste of time
Fortunately, Azure DevOps now offers a new build task called cache task (Pipeline Caching). In this article I will give you steps to create a Build Definition by using Cache Task. I will demonstrate how you can speedup your build process more than 50% or so.
Create Node.js Project
After restoring from cache during build time. If I use the node package to run some program it should work lets test it.
add build script in package.json
build: node index.js
const chalk = require('chalk'); console.log(chalk.blue('Hello world!'));
How to know cache location in Azure DevOps.
Check the log of
npm install or
In my case it says
D:\\a\\.npm which means it is
in azure devops machine.
In this example it says cache location is
First Npm Ci 20s
Second Time Npm Ci <1s
After first time build if you do not change package-lock.json file and rebuild then your build should be super fast even less than a second.
Steps to create Azure Devops CI Build Definition with Cache
Create new pipeline and select classic editor and start adding task as mentioned below.
step 1: Add Cache Task
Pipeline caching can help reduce build time by allowing the outputs or downloaded dependencies from one run to be reused in later runs, thereby reducing or avoiding the cost to recreate or re-download the same files again.
name: Cache npm Dependencies key: **/package-lock.json, !**/node_modules/**/package-lock.json, !**/.*/**/package-lock.json path:$(Build.SourcesDirectory)/node_modules
step 2: Add npm task for ci
Inside Control options:
- set enabled
- Run this task: Select Custom Condition
eq(variables['CacheRestored'],False)in Custom Condition Text.
step 3: Add npm task for build
Add new npm task and call it
npm build Add your build script from your
pool: name: Azure Pipelines demands: npm steps: - task: Cache@2 displayName: 'Cache npm Dependencies' inputs: key: '**/package-lock.json, !**/node_modules/**/package-lock.json, !**/.*/**/package-lock.json' path: '$(Build.SourcesDirectory)/node_modules' cacheHitVar: CacheRestored - task: Npm@1 displayName: 'npm ci' inputs: command: ci verbose: false condition: eq(variables['CacheRestored'],False) - task: Npm@1 displayName: 'npm build' inputs: command: custom verbose: false customCommand: 'run build'
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