Development Environment with Rails


Currently, I favor development with Docker because of the ease of deployment. I see the benefits when in a team environment using Docker, onboarding is much easier. Similar to using virtual machines you have images with your development environment all set up but with docker (containers) the footprints are somewhat smaller. I say that because the standard ruby base image isn’t exactly a lightweight it’s still around 700MB+ in size. But you could use Alpine Linux base images for the surrounding services ie database, Redis, elastic search.

I have experienced a few development environments so I’ll go through and list my point of view. Note: nothing here is the absolute best or de facto, just what I’ve used in real-world development teams. 

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