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Docker Deep Dive Paperback – July 12, 2017
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- Publisher : Independently published (July 12, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 249 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1521822808
- ISBN-13 : 978-1521822807
- Item Weight : 2.02 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.59 x 9.25 inches
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The title is rather misleading as it isn't a deep dive, it's more like an introduction.
The concept of low cost books on cutting edge technologies that will be re-issued (updated) frequently is excellent. Far better than an expensive book that rapidly goes out of date.
First, there's not index. This makes it virtually impossible to use as a reference, and you have to work through as a tutorial.
Second, the font is way too small, making it hard to read. I guess the author thought they could pack more in less pages with the smaller font, but it makes it a struggle to read at times (and I'm not that old!). A larger font and a few more pages would be fine. If it was a matter of cost, then the paper is a quality paper (a nice touch) with a multi-color printing. To be honest, this book does not need the multi-color. I'd much rather have readable text and an index; and skip the color. Even a small drop in paper quality would not be the end of the world.
Like virtually all self-published books, it would have really benefited from a copy editor. Although this is not the biggest problem, an editor might have picked up on the font size and lack of index.
However, you will find yourself going back to it much more frequently than you would expect, and that's simply because it is composed of solid guidelines, summaries and how-to's.
The improvement I would suggest is similar to my critique of Poulton's Kubernetes book:
- Add a chapter with a full project close to a production setting where you apply all of the major concepts.
- In this project's chapter, either discussing best practices or making a section on it would really be a plus. The author discusses best practices throughout the book, but having them directly discussed with a project would be very nice.
The reason why am deducting 1 star is the book is not complete enough to cover all aspects of the certification exam. I was able to pass it, but because it occurred to me that to scrub through the Docker manuals for some stuff. IMO, it missed these key points at the cost of repetition of certain content:
- container cpu/mem/resource allocations
- more coverage on Dockerfile syntax
- more coverage on additional docker constructs: commit / save / load - basically small nifty features that docker provides OOTB for image management
- Additional real world scenarios - such as updating docker secret for swarm, etc
Plus there was a typo in Ch 17 - Camaro instead of Camero! Not a biggie :) Overall, I do recommend this book - its worth the price tag.
By N. Elliott on March 21, 2018
The labs were also difficult to follow. Especially the first Swarm lab where there actually wasn't any information about how to setup a lab env for the demo.
That all said the content was really good for a docker newbie and I feel like I learned a lot reading this book.
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I rarely regret buying a book, but on this occasion I wish I had spent the money on something with an index. This is a really serious omission so I can't bring myself to give it more than 3 stars.
When I needed to start using Kubernetes more seriously, I realized I needed a much deeper understanding of docker containers, and quickly. This book took me around all the important bits very quickly, and goes even much deeper than I was after.
As always for serious use other references (Hightower's, for example) will be essential as supplements to this.