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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