Brussels / 4 & 5 February 2023


Touring the container developer tooling landscape

It's been almost 10 years since the demonstration of the earliest Docker client at PyCon in 2013. While container capabilities and tooling existed prior to Docker, we can all agree that the last 10 years has seen an explosion of tools, integrations, and production services all built on container runtime technologies similar to that early Docker engine project.

Given that context, it's a good time to look around and survey the landscape of container developer tooling in use today. While Docker engine, and the companion Docker Desktop product are widely used, the creation of the OCI standards and the launching of the CNCF has allowed for a wide array of tools and projects that also provide developers tools and capabilities to create, build, and run containers and interoperate with container registries. In this talk we'll tour the current world of open source developer tools, including podman, the early simple containerd clients, nerdctl, and the advent of non-Linux platform support built alongside these tools, such as Rancher Desktop, Lima/colima, Finch, and Podman Desktop.

Attendees will learn a bit about each of the container developer tool platforms, what open source components they are built from, and how to see them in context with the other alternatives in this space. We'll demonstrate the similarities and differences, and show how thanks to the OCI specs, interoperability between these tools is guaranteed and that developers have significant choice when deciding what tools to use for local container development.


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