Resources to Use Javascript, Python, Java, and Go with Docker

With so many programming and scripting languages out there, developers can tackle development projects any number of ways. However, some languages — like JavaScript, Python, and Java — have been perennial favorites. (We’ve previously touched on this while unpacking Stack Overflow’s 2022 Developer Survey results.)

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Many developers use Docker in tandem with these languages. We’ve seen our users create some amazing applications! Here are some resources and recommendations to level up your container game with these languages.

Getting Started with Docker

If you’ve never used Docker, you may want to familiarize yourself with some basic concepts first. You can learn the technical fundamentals of Docker and containerization via our “Orientation and Setup” guide and our introductory page. You’ll learn how containers work, and even how to harness tools like the Docker CLI or Docker Desktop.

Our Orientation page also serves as a foundation for many of our own official walkthroughs. This is a great resource if you’re completely new to Docker!

If you prefer hands-on learning, look no further than Shy Ruparel’s “Getting Started with Docker” video guide. Shy will introduce you to Docker’s architecture, essential CLI commands, Docker Desktop tips, and sample applications.

If you’re feeling comfortable with Docker, feel free to jump to your language-specific section using the links below. We’ve created language-specific workflows for each top language within our documentation (AKA “Our Language Modules” in this blog). These steps are linked below alongside some extra exploratory resources. We’ll also include some awesome-compose code samples to accelerate similar development projects — or to serve as inspiration.

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How to Use Docker with JavaScript

JavaScript has been the programming world’s leading language for 10 years running. Luckily, there are also many ways to use JavaScript and Docker together. Check out these resources to harness JavaScript, Node.js, and other runtimes or frameworks with Docker.

Docker Node.js Modules

Before exploring further, it’s worth completing our learning modules for Node. These take you through the basics and set you up for increasingly-complex projects later on. We recommend completing these in order:

  1. Overview for Node.js (covering learning objectives and containerization of your Node application)
  2. Build your Node image
  3. Run your image as a container
  4. Use containers for development
  5. Run your tests using Node.js and Mocha frameworks
  6. Configure CI/CD for your application
  7. Deploy your app

It’s also possible that you’ll want to explore more processes for building minimum viable products (MVPs) or pulling container images. You can read more by visiting the following links.

Other Essential Node Resources

How to Use Docker with Python

Python has consistently been one of our developer community’s favorite languages. From building simple sample apps to leveraging machine learning frameworks, the language supports a variety of workloads. You can learn more about the dynamic duo of Python and Docker via these links.

Docker Python Modules

Similar to Node.js, these pages from our documentation are a great starting point for harnessing Python and Docker:

  1. Overview for Python
  2. Build your Python image
  3. Run your image as a container
  4. Use containers for development (featuring Python and MySQL)
  5. Configure CI/CD for your application
  6. Deploy your app

Other Essential Python Resources

How to Use Docker with Java

Both its maturity and the popularity of Spring Boot have contributed to Java’s growth over the years. It’s easy to pair Java with Docker! Here are some resources to help you do it.

Docker Java Modules

Like with Python, these modules can help you hit the ground running with Java and Docker:

  1. Overview for Java
  2. Build your Java image
  3. Run your image as a container
  4. Use containers for development
  5. Run your tests
  6. Configure CI/CD for your application
  7. Deploy your app

Other Essential Java Resources

How to Use Docker with Go

Last, but not least, Go has become a popular language for Docker users. According to Stack Overflow’s 2022 Developer Survey, over 10,000 JavaScript users (of roughly 46,000) want to start or continue developing in Go or Rust. It’s often positioned as an alternative to C++, yet many Go users originally transition over from Python and Ruby.

There’s tremendous overlap there. Go’s ecosystem is growing, and it’s become increasingly useful for scaling workloads. Check out these links to jumpstart your Go and Docker development.

Docker Go Modules

  1. Overview for Go
  2. Build your Go image
  3. Run your image as a container
  4. Use containers for development
  5. Run your tests using Go test
  6. Configure CI/CD for your application
  7. Deploy your app

Other Essential Go Resources

Build in the Language You Want with Docker

Docker supports all of today’s leading languages. It’s easy to containerize your application and deploy cross-platform without having to make concessions. You can bring your workflows, your workloads, and, ultimately, your users along.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We welcome developers who develop in other languages like Rust, TypeScript, C#, and many more. Docker images make it easy to create these applications from scratch.

We hope these resources have helped you discover and explore how Docker works with your preferred language. Visit our language-specific guides page to learn key best practices and image management tips for using these languages with Docker Desktop.


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