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Should I use docker for development?


(Guirec Corbel) #1

Hello,

I want to create an application with Ember for frontend and Rails for backend. I created two images and I use this docker-compose file :

 api:
  image: social-learning
  ports:
    - "3000:3000"
  command: bundle exec rails s -p 3000 -b '0.0.0.0'
  volumes:
    - ../api:/app
  expose:
    - "3000"
web:
  image: social-learning-frontend
  ports:
    - "4200:4200"
    - "9000:9000"
  command: ember serve -p 4200
  volumes:
    - .:/app
  links:
    - api

It works but I find docker painful. For example, when I want to restart an app, I have to do docker ps, copy the id with the mouse, docker docker stop .... and docker-compose up web. Without docker, it’s easier because I have just to do a CTRL-C. This a simple example but I find docker quit hard to use in comparison of simply install all on my local machine.

I like the fact than the virtual machine is isolated from my local machine but I can do it with Vagrant too.

I understand why docker is useful to deploy in production but I’m not sure it’s a best practice to use in development. What is your opinion ?