The Promise of Docker Containers

Hey folks! My last post, titled How To Incorporate Containers Into Your Daily Duties, was all about how you can use containers to improve your work as a developer.

The problem with that is that it necessitates y’all knowing how to set up, configure, and run Docker containers.

I shouldn’t have assumed that everyone came to that post with the prerequisite knowledge, so here’s an article I wrote a little over a year and a half ago. It covers two things:

  1. What benefits containers provide you, as a developer.
  2. A demo/walkthrough of building an image based on a CentOS LAMP stack from scratch and spinning up a container to serve a web application.

I’ve also updated the additional resources at the end of this one so that they’re the current links/documents/installers as of July 31, 2019.

Hope you enjoy!

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From Barely Functional PHP To Conference Worthy Web Apps In Under Two Years

I’ve only been in the web development game for a little under two years, but I’m building applications for a federal agency that are getting me invited to speak at conferences. It took me a while to figure out how to get to that point, and I didn’t have anyone available to give me a road map when I started. I spent a long time teaching myself, and in retrospect there are definitely easier paths to take. So here’s my attempt to set new developers on the right track.

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Moment of Truth

I don’t update everyone on what I’m up to very often, and if that upsets or worries anyone, I’m sorry. Those who are close to me know I value face to face interaction more than whatever meme posts or video snippets end up on Facebook, but I’ve had a lot happening recently.

I started teaching myself to code in earnest about 14 months ago when I started working for the federal court. In order to progress my skills more quickly, I signed up for a web development boot camp this summer. Our cohort learned a lot. REALLY QUICKLY.

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I haven’t been updating this nearly as much as I should have been. Truth be told I’ve been ignoring some of my yearly goals. Guitar has all but fallen to the wayside, and I’m honestly okay with that. It’s one of those things I’d love to be good at, but really don’t want to put the effort into.

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