Docker vs Xcode: What are the differences?
Docker: Enterprise Container Platform for High-Velocity Innovation. 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; Xcode: The complete toolset for building great apps. The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Docker belongs to "Virtual Machine Platforms & Containers" category of the tech stack, while Xcode can be primarily classified under "Integrated Development Environment".
Some of the features offered by Docker are:
- Integrated developer tools
- open, portable images
- shareable, reusable apps
On the other hand, Xcode provides the following key features:
- Source Editor
- Assistant Editor
- Asset Catalog
"Rapid integration and build up" is the primary reason why developers consider Docker over the competitors, whereas "IOS Development" was stated as the key factor in picking Xcode.
Docker is an open source tool with 53.8K GitHub stars and 15.5K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Docker's open source repository on GitHub.
Lyft, StackShare, and Shopify are some of the popular companies that use Docker, whereas Xcode is used by Instacart, Lyft, and PedidosYa. Docker has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3471 company stacks & 3322 developers stacks; compared to Xcode, which is listed in 1039 company stacks and 585 developer stacks.
lxd/lxc and Docker aren't congruent so this comparison needs a more detailed look; but in short I can say: the lxd-integrated administration of storage including zfs with its snapshot capabilities as well as the system container (multi-process) approach of lxc vs. the limited single-process container approach of Docker is the main reason I chose lxd over Docker.