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About this Book

Docker is arguably the fastest-growing software project ever. Open sourced in March 2013, by 2016 it had gained nearly 30,000 GitHub stars and over 7,500 forks. It has accepted significant numbers of pull requests from the likes of Red Hat, IBM, Microsoft, Google, Cisco and VMware.

Docker has hit this critical mass by responding to a critical need for many software organizations: the ability to build software in an open and flexible way and then deploy it reliably and consistently in different contexts. You don’t need to learn a new programming language, buy expensive hardware, or do much in the way of installation or configuration to build, ship, and run applications portably.

Docker in Practice takes you through real-world examples of Docker usage using techniques we’ve employed in various contexts. Where possible, we’ve tried to elucidate these techniques without requiring knowledge of other technologies before reading. We’ve assumed the reader has an understanding of basic development techniques and concepts such as the ability to develop some structured code, as well as some awareness of software development and deployment processes. In addition, we’ve assumed a knowledge of core source control ideas and a basic understanding of network fundamentals such as TCP/IP, HTTP, and ports. Anything less mainstream is explained as we go.

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