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Using Docker & Digital ocean to setup a development environment (Cloud IDE).

  • Posted May 7, 2014

I currently develop on OSX and a Chromebook with Ubuntu 14.04 installed. I’m currently using a Cloud IDE (Codio) so that my development environment stays the same on both machines but I feel like I could replicate that using Digital Ocean and Docker.

Essentially, I want to create a couple of base development environments (Rails/Postgres and Node/Express/Angular/Mongo being the two big ones). Every time I start a new project I want to be able to start in a “fresh” environment. Of course, I want all of this to exist on one Digital Ocean droplet.

Is it possible? If so, how would I go about doing it.

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This is certainly something that you could do with Docker. If you aren’t particularly experienced with Docker, I’d suggest following through their tutorials: <br> <br>https://www.docker.io/gettingstarted/ <br> <br>After the introduction tutorial, learn about Dockerfiles, they are basically the templates used to create your containers: <br> <br>https://www.docker.io/learn/dockerfile/ <br> <br>Just to give you a taste, an extremely basic Dockerfile to install Rails might look like: <br> <br><pre> <br># Set the base image to use to Ubuntu <br>FROM ubuntu <br> <br># Update the repository <br>RUN apt-get update <br> <br># Install stuff <br>RUN DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get -qy install postgresql curl <br>RUN DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get install -yq ruby rails <br></pre> <br> <br>You then build it with: <br> <br><pre> <br>sudo docker build -t rails - < Dockerfile <br></pre>