Dev Container CLI Escaping the IDE Restrictions

Dev Container CLI: Escaping the IDE Restrictions

Jake Everhart Development Technologies, Docker, Programming 1 Comment

In past blogs, I have discussed development containers (dev containers) in detail, from explaining their general mechanics to showing how they can bolster a team’s build automation. As a brief recap for the uninitiated: dev containers are a way of encapsulating a developer’s setup into a container, typically a Docker container. As a practical example, rather than forcing a new teammate to manually install and configure all the necessary tooling before contributing to a project, they can leverage a team’s devcontainer.json definition file to quickly spin up a fully configured development environment.

Microsoft has championed this workflow over the past few years, offering tight integration with tools like VS Code and Codespaces to make containerized development as seamless as possible. At the time of writing, the developer experience has reached a point where I honestly prefer to operate within a dev container for certain types of projects. When I open a team’s codebase within VS Code and it informs me that they have provided a dev container to use, I have higher confidence that I’ll be using the same versions of their tools and seeing the behaviors that they expect.

I’ve even come to trust these setups more than an equivalent set of Dockerfiles or docker-compose scripts, just because the simplicity of the ecosystem makes it more likely that everything is well-maintained and configured correctly. It’s easy to see how these standardization and automation benefits can be a huge boost to teams…once they’ve adopted the right tools to integrate with them.

But what if you don’t want to use VS Code?

Notes From My Swarm to Kubernetes Migration

Luke Patterson Architecture, Development Technologies, Kubernetes Leave a Comment

In this post, I’ll discuss how I’m currently working to migrate a suite of apps from Docker Swarm to Kubernetes. The client chose this migration to align with more contemporary standards of container deployment and gain a more comprehensive feature set. Also, some products that they recently purchased were best supported as a Kube package. So you have a fuller …

Kubernetes on Raspberry Pi

Kubernetes on Raspberry Pi

Lou Mauget Cloud, Development Technologies, Kubernetes, Tutorial 3 Comments

Kubernetes, or k8s, is an important container orchestration platform. In this blog, I’ll describe creating a workable Kubernetes cluster implemented on a stack of four Raspberry Pi boards. In the end, I’ll have provided an outline of how I created it and I’ll show how to replicate a stateless app across Kubernetes pods running on the nodes — the Pi boards.

How and Why to Containerize Your Development

John Hoestje Development Technologies, Docker, Opinion, Tutorial Leave a Comment

This is a tutorial for how to use the VS Code Remote-Containers extension to containerize your development environment. First, I will discuss my reasons for separating my programming environment and why virtual machines didn’t work. Then, I’ll show a simple example using a containerized Python development environment. Finally, I’ll give you my reasons why containerizing the development environment fits what I’m looking for in a solution.

White Paper Published – Microservices: Patterns for Enterprise Agility and Scalability

Keyhole Software Architecture, Company News, Microservices, Tutorial 4 Comments

We’re excited to announce the release of a new, free white paper on the Microservices software architecture style.

Microservices is an architectural pattern gaining steam in the development community. A Microservices architecture addresses problems that modern enterprises often face, including responding to market demands, handling spikes in traffic, and being tolerant to failure. These benefits are achieved by functionally decomposing a business’ domain into microservices, services that handle only a single responsibility.

In this white paper, we discuss how Microservices came to be, contrasting architecture patterns, features of a Microservices architecture, established patterns, how to get started with Microservices, and suggestions for Microservices adoption.

Download the free Keyhole Software white paper today!