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How Codemagic saves 50 hours of development per project

Feb 10, 2020

“We regularly make builds with the help of Codemagic because it cuts our build process in half and that way we can test and make sure everything runs smoothly throughout the development process,” - Étienne Bouchard, Full Stack programmer at Cinetic.ca

Cinetic

Cinetic is a creative agency that offers a full suite of services specialising in web and mobile apps. They are a team of 7 creatives that care deeply about creating meaningful digital products that people love.

“In Cinetic we are always on the lookout to find new ways to develop apps, especially cross platform,” said Étienne Bouchard.

Journey to Flutter

Cinetic discovered Flutter at the early stages in 2018 when it was in beta and Dart 2 was introduced with strong typing along with improved asset system. They found cross platform development very interesting and user-friendly to their development process.

“Our team uses Linux based OS, MacOS and Windows, so the whole team could just jump right in and it ties in really well with our workflow,” said Étienne Bouchard who stated that the whole development process is seeing a productivity boost thanks to Flutter..

“The learning curve for Dart was easy and we are used to learning new languages.. Dart simplified a lot of our coding, making our codebase clean. Keeping things short and sweet is what makes Dart powerful,” said Étienne.

Cinetic is currently writing apps for companies like Desjardins, Best and Venmar that showcase products on both the App Store and Google Play Store. “We are currently developing an app that will manage an autonomous workout Gym. The mobile app will act as a means to pay and also get into the gym. With our app, Coop Gym will be able to run autonomously without supervision during business hours,” said Étienne.

Coop Gym mobile app is built with Flutter
Coop Gym mobile app is built with Flutter

Developers can build iOS apps without a Mac thanks to Codemagic

The main reason for Cinetic to use Codemagic is to compile their code for multiple platforms in one process. “Testing builds on various virtual machines was a major selling point,” said Bouchard and added: “We wanted to cut down on build and publish times by publishing to multiple stores in one process.”

Cinetic is using Codemagic primarily for the release process. “I'm using a Linux machine, so I can't build and distribute iOS appsto the App Store without using Codemagic. We are mainly using Codemagic for publishing and building.”

Etienne explained that their designers use Macbooks but he is developing on Linux, so the he needed to use designer’s Macbook in order to be able to work with iOS apps. “I really like that I can program on Linux, test and distribute build on Codemagic without bothering my colleagues. I can just press the button in Codemagic and everything is done for me.” said Etienne.

It was easy to test and upload Coop Gym mobile app thanks to Codemagic
It was easy to test and upload Coop Gym mobile app thanks to Codemagic

“We tried different CI/CD tools but the problem was that it was much more complicated in my opinion,” said Étienne Bouchard. “Codemagic is more straightforward and easier to use.”

Setting up Codemagic was fairly easy according to Cinetic. “You don't need technical skills to use it, it's very easy and simple. Codemagic also has all the documentation available, so it makes it even easier,” said Etienne.

Codemagic saves time

“We regularly make builds with the help of Codemagic because it cuts our build process in half and that way we can test and make sure everything runs smoothly throughout the development process,” said Étienne Bouchard.

Etienne explained that before using Codemagic Cinetic had to compile binaries on their laptops for about 10-15 minutes, another 10 minutes for uploading, another half an hour to publish to Play Store and then another half an hour to 45 minutes to publish it to the AppStore.

“All together it took almost 2 hours. Since using Codemagic the same thing takes about 5-10 minutes. It reduces a lot of time,” said Etienne. “There are also a couple of hours for testing, so altogether Codemagic saves us roughly 50 hours per project.” That’s over a week of developer time!

Code signing is Codemagic’s superpower

Cinetic is a big fan of Codemagic’s code signing process. “Code signing apps for release to both Google Play and App store. It's my favorite feature since I don't have to do it on my colleagues computer,” said Etienne and added: “The first time we released an app and compiled it on both platforms… wow, it was just a fantastic moment here.”

“I'm still amazed after discovering Codemagic. I'm totally mind blown by this product” – Étienne Bouchard

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