Dockerize your REST API

If you are in IT field, you must have come across the term Docker. Docker is still very new and gained traction in the last year or so.  So, what is Docker? Docker is a open-source platform that allows you to run your application image in a virtual environment. There are two parts to Docker – image and container. An image is a file that contains a stripped down version of Linux OS along with your application and all its dependencies. While container is a running instance of an image. The Docker Engine provides the technology to create the image for your software and also to run and manage the container. You can find more about Docker here.

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REST with Spring

Spring relies on its Spring MVC framework to support REST APIs. The concept of Model-View-Controller (MVC) was introduced in the the seventies at Xerox Parc. MVC pattern makes an attempt to modularize software by isolating different functional units from each other. It separates application domain/data (model) from the display of the application state (view) and the interaction with the model and view (controller).

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Toying with Togglz

Any non-trivial software is composed of many different parts. Some of these parts can be grouped together to form a software feature – a unit of functionality that satisfies a requirements or business needs.

In today’s agile environment, a release cycle is decomposed into multiple sprints. The basic premise of sprint is to build a product which is ready to be shipped at the end of each sprint cycle – doesn’t matter if the product has only a few basic functionalities. What happens to those features which take multiple sprints to build and are not ready to be released yet? It’s important to remember that the incomplete features are still part of the same codebase.

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