Abe Voelker Programming stuff, mainly

Why I don't use Docker much anymore

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The Grounding of MV Rena

Update: The conclusion of this post talks about managing Docker kittens with Ansible; I no longer do that, but instead use Amazon ECS with Terraform. Docker has stabilized a lot since my early experiences as well. However some things like custom kernel parameters (e.g. for Redis) will always be a limitation. I’ll write a new blog post on how I use ECS and Terraform soon.

When I first started using Docker about a year ago for developing Rails applications, I had dreams of using it across all development environments (development/test through production) and in all related services (linked containers consisting of application servers, databases, in-memory caches, search indexes, etc.). I mean, why wouldn’t you - not only would you get more thorough guarantees of your code and systems matching what production’s running, but you are getting the high performance of containers over VMs when developing! And a year ago it seemed like it wouldn’t be long until the problem of easily deploying these linked containers across multiple hosts would be solved.

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Simple, free continuous integration (CI) of Rails Docker images using fig, make, and CircleCI

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Docker, Fig, Make, and CircleCI logos

This is my second post on Docker. Previously I showed you how I develop Rails apps locally using Docker and Vagrant on my development machine. I had planned to cover Rails production deployments using Docker next, but that post is not quite done as it got a lot longer than I originally intended and needs some editing. So for now, I’m going to show how I do simple and free continuous integration (CI) using Docker, fig, make, and CircleCI.

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Sick of Ruby, dynamic typing, side effects, and basically object-oriented programming

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This has been a long time coming. I had meant to write this post around the New Year, before the wave of death of Ruby stuff and before DHH’s “TDD is dead” ruckus:

I think subconsciously more and more people are figuring out something is wrong or lacking with Ruby development, but they are lashing out at the wrong things. Oh, your Ruby app is a steaming pile of shit? It’s because you weren’t diligent enough writing tests or you weren’t following TDD principles closely enough. Or you aren’t knowledgable enough with design patterns to break it up into the right patterns. Or you aren’t following the Single Responsibility Principle, or SOLID, or Law of Demeter, yadda yadda. Here, read this book on patterns or testing or OO design and get back to me when you reach enlightenment.

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Rails Development Using Docker and Vagrant

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Docker containerizing some typical Rails-stack software

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about Docker over the past year but haven’t really gotten past the “hello world” tutorial because you haven’t found a good way to integrate it into your development workflow or staging/production deployment process. I’ve spent the last several weeks learning Docker and porting a Rails project’s development environment from Ansible provisioning to Docker, so I thought I’d share my experiences so far.

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