Docker Compose vs Apache Maven

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Docker Compose vs Apache Maven: What are the differences?

Docker Compose: Define and run multi-container applications with Docker. With Compose, you define a multi-container application in a single file, then spin your application up in a single command which does everything that needs to be done to get it running; Apache Maven: Apache build manager for Java projects. Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.

Docker Compose belongs to "Container Tools" category of the tech stack, while Apache Maven can be primarily classified under "Java Build Tools".

"Multi-container descriptor", "Fast development environment setup" and "Easy linking of containers" are the key factors why developers consider Docker Compose; whereas "Dependency management", "Necessary evil" and "I’d rather code my app, not my build" are the primary reasons why Apache Maven is favored.

Docker Compose and Apache Maven are both open source tools. Docker Compose with 16.4K GitHub stars and 2.52K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Apache Maven with 1.71K GitHub stars and 1.26K GitHub forks.

CircleCI, Docker, and Airbrake are some of the popular companies that use Docker Compose, whereas Apache Maven is used by Intuit, Yammer, and Zillow. Docker Compose has a broader approval, being mentioned in 787 company stacks & 608 developers stacks; compared to Apache Maven, which is listed in 301 company stacks and 138 developer stacks.

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Pros of Docker Compose
Pros of Apache Maven
  • 121
    Multi-container descriptor
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    Fast development environment setup
  • 77
    Easy linking of containers
  • 66
    Simple yaml configuration
  • 58
    Easy setup
  • 15
    Yml or yaml format
  • 11
    Use Standard Docker API
  • 7
    Open source
  • 4
    Can choose Discovery Backend
  • 4
    Go from template to application in minutes
  • 3
    Kubernetes integration
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    Scalable
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    Easy configuration
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    Quick and easy
  • 136
    Dependency management
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    Necessary evil
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    I’d rather code my app, not my build
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    Publishing packaged artifacts
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    Convention over configuration
  • 18
    Modularisation
  • 11
    Consistency across builds
  • 6
    Prevents overengineering using scripting
  • 4
    Runs Tests
  • 4
    Lot of cool plugins
  • 3
    Extensible
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    Hard to customize
  • 2
    Runs on Linux
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    Runs on OS X
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    Slow incremental build
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    Inconsistent buillds
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    Undeterminisc
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    Good IDE tooling

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Cons of Docker Compose
Cons of Apache Maven
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    Tied to single machine
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    Still very volatile, changing syntax often
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    Complex
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    Inconsistent buillds
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    Not many plugin-alternatives

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What is Docker Compose?

With Compose, you define a multi-container application in a single file, then spin your application up in a single command which does everything that needs to be done to get it running.

What is Apache Maven?

Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.

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What are some alternatives to Docker Compose and Apache Maven?
Kubernetes
Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
Docker
The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
Docker Swarm
Swarm serves the standard Docker API, so any tool which already communicates with a Docker daemon can use Swarm to transparently scale to multiple hosts: Dokku, Compose, Krane, Deis, DockerUI, Shipyard, Drone, Jenkins... and, of course, the Docker client itself.
Helm
Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes.
Ansible
Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible’s goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
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