Microsoft SQL Server on Docker (part 1)

sql_on_dockerAfter last week’s announcement that Microsoft has released a Public Preview version of SQL Server that would run on Linux platforms (currently Ubuntu 16.04 and Red Hat Enterprise 7.2), I wondered if a Docker version was going to be made available as well. Checking out Microsoft’s SQL Server v.Next website, I quickly saw that Lo and behold! there was! As I stated previously, a good portion of my professional career has been spent working with Microsoft SQL Server and a lot of my spare time is spent experimenting with Linux and Open Source applications. The merging of the two is hugely exciting to me and the ability to run SQL Server in a Docker container is amazing!

Previous Docker containers of Microsoft products have been a mixed bag of requirements. Some required you to run the Docker engine on a Windows platform in order for it to work, while others could be run on different Linux variants. Even the previously released version of SQL Server Express, the free version of SQL would only work on Windows hosted containers. But so far it seems with this version of SQL Server, Microsoft may be starting to explore the open source world possibilities.

There are some caveats though:

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Docker Fun – Play Text Adventures

zorkThis time around in the Docker Fun series, we are getting a little more ambitious. Zork was one of the first popular text adventures, building on the work of Will Crowther and Dan Wells who created the mainframe game Colossal Cave (aka Adventure). Zork was originally written to run on a DEC PDP-10 system, and was later ported to just about every personal computer that was available. While text adventures at that time were struggling with two word commands like “Open Door”, Zork understood much more elaborate command like “Hit the grue with the Elvish sword”. The developers of Zork founded Infocom and eventually released a number of sequels and prequels to Zork as well as several dozen other text adventures in a number of different genres. Eventually the company was sold to Activision and the Infocom games have since lapsed into a sort of purgatory. Technically the download file for Zork is in violation of copyright laws, so feel free to substitute one of the many free Z5 files available on the Internet.

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Docker Fun – Star Wars

robotsWelcome to the latest in my series of using Docker in some fun and unusual ways. Previously I covered how to display a Matrix screen similar to the movie and showing a locomotive animation in your Docker session . This time, we’ll look an amazing telnet animation that’s been around for quite awhile (since 1997 according to this website). It shows the entire Star Wars Episode 4 movie using ASCII characters. Continue reading

Docker Fun – Locomotive

trainWelcome to the second in my series of using Docker in some fun and unusual ways. In the first installment, I showed how to display a Matrix screen similar to the movie. This time, we’ll look at showing a steam locomotive engine in motion in a Docker container. I’m not sure where this application originated, but it seems to have started as an Easter Egg in Linux to tweak people who misspell the system command ‘ls’.

Like last month’s this is an easy container to implement, consisting of only a three line Dockerfile.

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