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Learn Docker with online courses and programs

Are you ready to streamline your DevOps with easy to manage containers? Learn Docker with online courses delivered through edX.

What is Docker?

Docker is an open-source platform that was designed to facilitate developing, sharing, and running applications. It works by separating applications from the infrastructure of the operating system, which speeds up the launching of new software applications.Footnote 1

Both applications and infrastructure are managed by Docker, through cleverly packaging applications into tidy, self-contained units called containers. These containers are like mini-app worlds, capable of running multiple applications simultaneously without them clashing with one another. Containers are equipped with everything an application needs to run smoothly, whether it is running on your laptop, server, or from an entirely separate location. Docker ensures consistent behavior each time the program is in use, eliminating unwanted surprises.

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Docker course curriculum

Enrolling in an online Docker course can help you understand the finer workings of containerization and modern software development. Practical knowledge and hands-on experience is necessary to wield Docker's power effectively. Depending on your level of expertise, a course in Docker may cover:

  • Introduction and installation: Learn the basics of Docker, and how to install and set up the program.

  • Docker containers: Explore how to create, run and manage containers.

  • Docker compose: Learn how to use this tool to define and run multi-container applications.

  • Container orchestration: Explore container orchestration while practicing how to manage containerized applications in production environments.

  • Dockerfile: Dive into Dockerfile creation and learn to automate the building of Docker images for applications.

  • Continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD): Understand how Docker integrates with CI/CD pipelines for automated testing and deployment.

Learning how to use Docker can enhance your skill set in DevOps and automation. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore Docker jobs

Completing a Docker course can open up various job opportunities across different sectors of the tech industry. Job roles that can benefit from knowledge of how to use Docker effectively include:

  • DevOps engineer: Uses Docker to streamline the development, testing, and deployment of applications. They work on automating processes, managing container orchestration platforms, and ensuring the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline is efficient.

  • System administrator: Uses Docker to manage and maintain containerized applications and infrastructure. They ensure the smooth operation of Dockerized systems, troubleshoot issues, and optimize resource usage.

  • Cloud engineer: Leverages Docker when working with cloud services like AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud, as Docker containers are used to deploy applications in cloud environments.

  • Site reliability engineer (SRE): Uses Docker for efficient application deployment and management. Their main focus is on optimizing application reliability, scalability, and performance.

  • Container platform architect: Designs and implements containerization platforms for organizations, while making strategic decisions about how Docker is used within the company.

Docker is a powerful tool that can be easily integrated into work within various fields of the IT industry. Are you ready to accelerate your career by developing new tech skills? Find courses that can propel your professional development with edX.

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