Dagger: CI of the Future?

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Application delivery doesn’t have to suck. Bret and Nirmal are joined by Solomon Hykes, the founder or Docker, to talk about Dagger and their application delivery-as-code that runs anywhere.

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Solomon started Dagger after he left Docker in 2018 with a few other Docker VPs, including Sam Alba and Andrea Lusardi.

Dagger is an innovative startup aimed at simplifying and revolutionizing DevOps automation and software delivery. Created to address Docker's unattended gaps, Dagger streamlines software building, testing, and deployment, exhibiting immense growth potential and wide applications in fostering software ecosystems.

For a few years now, they've been publicly iterating on the idea of a programmable and portable automation system for software building, testing, and deploying.

In this episode, they cover many topics around Docker and Dagger. I've been convinced that I need to start trying out Dagger in my projects.

The live recording of the complete show from November 16, 2023 is on YouTube (Ep. #241)

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  • (00:00) - Intro
  • (01:44) - Introducing Solomon Hykes and His Journey
  • (02:25) - Solomon's Life Post-Docker
  • (04:00) - The Genesis of Dagger
  • (09:10) - The Vision Behind Dagger
  • (25:44) - Modules and Declarative Model in Dagger
  • (35:11) - Integration of Dagger with Other Tools
  • (37:04) - Docker Slim and Dagger
  • (38:28) - Question: Dagger, Framework or Library?
  • (39:09) - Question: Dagger's with BuildKit
  • (39:33) - Question: Predictions for Dagger's Adoption
  • (40:59) - Demonstration of Dagger's Functionality
  • (41:15) - Dagger's Compatibility with Other CI Platforms
  • (51:14) - Getting Started with Dagger

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Creators and Guests

Bret Fisher
Bret Fisher
Cloud native DevOps Dude. Course creator, YouTuber, Podcaster. Docker Captain and CNCF Ambassador. People person who spends too much time in front of a computer.
Nirmal Mehta
Nirmal Mehta
Principal Specialist Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Beth Fisher
Beth Fisher
Producer of DevOps and Docker Talk podcast since 2019. Assistant producer on Bret Fisher Live show on YouTube. Business and proposal writer by trade.
Cristi Cotovan
Cristi Cotovan
Video editor and educational content producer. Descript and Camtasia coach.
Solomon Hykes
Solomon Hykes
Making @dagger_io, the programmable CI/CD engine. Before that: founded Docker. "No is temporary, yes is forever".
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