Introduction to Docker, Andrew Tork Baker, O’Reilly Media 2014

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Introduction to Docker

First Steps for Containerizing Software Applications
By Andrew Tork Baker
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2014
Run time: 1 hour 46 minutes

Get started with Docker and learn how to deploy your software applications as
portable, self-sufficient containers that can run on almost any server. As a
platform for preparing and running distributed software applications, Docker is
often compared to configuration management tools like Puppet or Ansible, or
virtualization tools like VirtualBox or VMware, but Docker is actually in a
category of its own, offering new ways to run software applications.

If you’re familiar with deploying and managing software applications in
production, this video tutorial provides the knowledge you need to “Dockerize”
an application and deploy it to the cloud using containers, images, and

You’ll learn how Docker offers powerful benefits to your organization, not only
through its separation of development and operations issues, but also because
of its efficiency compared to traditional Virtual Machines.

* Learn what a typical Docker implementation includes
* Understand the basics, including containers, images, Dockerfiles, and the Docker

Engine vs the Docker Hub
* Start using Docker containers, images, and Dockerfiles
* Dockerize a sample Python web application and deploy it to a cloud hosting service
* Update code and its system-level dependencies once your application’s in the cloud
* Manage multiple Docker containers at once with Fig
* Learn tools and services from the Docker community
* Get recommendations for how to best experiment with Docker in your organization
* If you have experience deploying and managing software applications in production,

you’ll be ready to start using Docker with your own applications.

Andrew T. Baker is an independent consultant based in Washington, DC. He is the
author of spin-docker, a lightweight open-source Platform-as-a-Service powered
by Docker and Flask. He’s written and presented on Docker, and led tutorial
sessions for both developers and sysadmins. Andrew blogs at and hangs out on Twitter (@andrewtorkbaker)
spreading the Docker love