AppHarbor vs Dokku: What are the differences?
Developers describe AppHarbor as "Instantly deploy and scale .NET applications". AppHarbor is a fully hosted .NET Platform as a Service. AppHarbor can deploy and scale any standard .NET application to the cloud. On the other hand, Dokku is detailed as "Docker powered mini-Heroku in around 100 lines of Bash". Docker powered mini-Heroku. The smallest PaaS implementation you've ever seen.
AppHarbor and Dokku can be primarily classified as "Platform as a Service" tools.
"Has a totally free account option" is the top reason why over 7 developers like AppHarbor, while over 20 developers mention "Simple" as the leading cause for choosing Dokku.
Dokku is an open source tool with 17.7K GitHub stars and 1.44K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Dokku's open source repository on GitHub.
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AppHarbor is an amazing tool for indie developers or startups that are just getting on their feet. To put it short, AppHarbor is the Heroku of .NET, being developer friendly, cost effective and performant.
Their platform has some nice features including the plugins (integrations with different services such as shared or dedicated RDBMS instances, document repositories, messaging queues, logging and monitoring services, etc.) that are extremely easy to use, and especially integrations with BitBucket and GitHub.
It's such a pleasure to work with the integrations mentioned, that whenever a developer pushes commits to the selected branch, AppHarbor automatically pulls, updates, builds, runs the unit tests and deploys. The cream of the crop is the fact that even the free tier supports this workflow which is practically a continuous delivery approach. And this makes AppHarbor perfect for startups and independent developers.
And, for established companies, I have to add the fact that their customer support is quite good.