Versatile app distribution platform Docker offers a way for developers and sysadmins to build, ship and run distributed applications. Despite its uses, some developers are still unsure about its functions and its day-to-day applications. After building his own understanding of the platform, Romin Irani published a post outlining some of the uses he has found to help other developers spot opportunities.
Firstly, it is important to remember that Docker acts as a standard shipping container for applications. Using abstraction, the platform creates a standard container in which to run the app, irrespective of what tools were used to build it. Using this method of packaging means software is able to run on any machine, making it easier to distribute and test software with your team.
Docker’s simplistic model makes it quick and simple to try out new software, also offering an easy method to package and demo software while remaining lightweight enough to avoid draining resources. Its compatibility with microservices makes it a useful tool in that developing corner of tech, and there has been open praise from within the Cloud providing community for its ability to port across different Cloud providers, thus easing deployment.
The fast-moving evolution of Docker coupled with its openness to new tools and innovation within the ecosystem means the platform is sure to grow and create new opportunities for everyone.