Category Archives: Programming

python SimpleHTTPServer alternative

If you use python then you might have used “python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000” at some point in time to share files with your friends on LAN. Sometimes we want to share large files from one computer to another and we need it. Sometimes it also happens that you are taking a session and you need to share a large file with everyone else. SimpleHTTPServer of python is good but it’s single threaded. It can only handle one client at a time so if you want to share file with a large number of people on LAN it is a bad option. Also SimpleHTTPServer doesn’t work properly if you are sharing large files. Continue reading

Setting up gem caching server to speed up docker builds

First up, why do we even need a gem caching server? Once you install a gem it does get cached in your system by default. Method mentioned in this post can be useful if you are using vagrant or docker to do bundle installs a lot of times. For example in my case every time I tried to build my docker image the bundle install command used to take a lot of time because in every build it used to download all the gems again. Continue reading

Link external containers using docker-compose

If you use docker and docker-compose then you might have come across cases where you want services running across different networks to interact. Typically this need arises when we use a single database container like postgres and we want other containers created using different docker-compose files to use the database container. It can become really confusing and difficult to setup. I got stuck recently with a similar issue and resolved it. Hope it might be useful for you as well. Continue reading