Continuous Integration in GitLabOnline Event

Tobias Huste (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf) , Christian Hueser (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)) , Norman Ziegner (UFZ) , HIFIS Noreply Bot (Functional Account)

General Information

CostFree of charge
  • Git
  • GitLab
  • Unix Shell
  • Basic programming skills
Registration Period2023-03-13 to 2023-03-27 (3 p.m.)



To register, please log in via Helmholtz AAI. (More info on AAI and step-by-step instructions). Once you have registered, you should receive a confirmation e-mail. If you receive no such e-mail (and it is not in the spam folder) please contact the organizer.

The Story so far

A team of scientists is working on a little project that takes astronaut data from Wikidata to analyse the time humans spent in space as well as the age distribution of the astronauts. The project quickly gained attraction and a lot of users as well as contributors joined the project. After some time it became hard for the maintainers to ensure new functionality is properly tested. It also frequently happened that contributors followed a different code style or forgot to add license information.

Verifying those criteria manually is tedious and not promising in the long run. This is why the team aims at automating as much as possible to save their valuable time. Luckily, they found a tool called GitLab CI which they can use to automate those tasks. In the following we will learn what GitLab CI and Continuous Integration is all about.


Workshop Content

Day 1 will focus on creating an initial GitLab CI pipeline. Building on top of this the course will use day 2 to learn advanced concepts of GitLab CI useful for optimizing the pipeline. Day 3 of the workshop is reserved for working on your own projects together with experienced mentors.

More detailed information about the course structure is available in the timetable.


Participants should be familiar with the basic operations of Git and GitLab and ideally already have made some initial experience with a Unix-shell.

No further software needs to be installed. Please make sure that you can log in to via the Helmholtz AAI before participating in the workshop.