Laravel Alternative in Node – AdonisJS

AdonisJS can be said to be a complete transformation of a Laravel framework in PHP to Node. Consider it in this way – it is a Laravel re-written in Node.

We have used Laravel extensively to create various Shopify Application. The fundamental problem with Laravel is database connections which goes out of hand when you use multiple databases. If you come to node and write some stuff which isn’t AdonisJS, then you will fall under the trap of callbacks and promises. So we needed something which is not only in node – but a lot like Laravel.

AdonisJS has a Query Builder, ORM (LUCID), Scheduler and of course, it is MVC. Adonis follows almost same naming conventions of Laravel – if that be a Controller, Route or anything. The API is so consistent, you can guess it. If you are coming from Laravel directly, you already know! Give it a try and watch screencasts.

AdonisJS an alternative to Laravel

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Containerize your first Go Lang App using Docker

Does size matter?

It does – in production. Most orchestration solutions involve a smoother transitions from one docker image to other. A simple up command, if downloading only ~10MB of file, obviously it will save few seconds – but not just that, what about limited size we have in our production servers? This normally leads to the regular cleanups which is usually a manual and tedious tasks. So, for a scalability point of view, a multi-stage build approach is preferred over usual.

The Multi stage build Approach

Most of the approaches are quite poor as it ends up with a large docker image. New approach involves having a two steps approach as following:

The Build:

You build Go in this system and use that to build your application. This will result in an insane size of docker image ~ from 200MB to 300MB

Copy Build

You copy the build from first step and this ensures size of final docker image is less. I bet you will have no more than 10MB image size.


# The Build
FROM golang:alpine AS the-build
ADD . /src
RUN cd /src && go build -o app

# Copy Build
FROM alpine
COPY --from=the-build /src/app /app/

Here you are naming the first step of the build as ‘the-build’ Docker supports a partial build on multi-build process. So if you would like to build till ‘the-build’ you can do it with:

docker build --target the-build -t github/go-app:latest

If you omit –target – you can build the whole system in a single command as following:

docker build -t github/go-app:latest

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The Stateless Development Machine

Are you spending 2-3 hours and sometimes a day getting your new laptop ready for the development? I used to do it with ansible and be happy about it. With Docker, it has now become easier. I have following in my .zshr and it works pretty great.

The .zshrc aliases

alias npm='docker run -ti --rm -v $(pwd):/src:rw -e "PUID=$UID" -e "PGID=$GID" mkenney/npm:latest npm'
alias gulp='docker run -ti --rm -v $(pwd):/src:rw -e "PUID=$UID" -e "PGID=$GID" mkenney/npm:latest gulp'
alias node='docker run -ti --rm -v $(pwd):/src:rw -e "PUID=$UID" -e "PGID=$GID" mkenney/npm:latest node'
alias bower='docker run -ti --rm -v $(pwd):/src:rw -e "PUID=$UID" -e "PGID=$GID" mkenney/npm:latest bower'
alias bundle='docker run -ti --rm -v $(pwd):/src:rw -e "PUID=$UID" -e "PGID=$GID" rails:latest bundle'
alias composer='docker run -ti --rm -v $(pwd):/app:rw -e "PUID=$UID" -e "PGID=$GID" composer:latest composer'
alias go='docker run -ti --rm  -w /usr/src/myapp -v $(pwd):/usr/src/myapp:rw -e "PUID=$UID" -e "PGID=$GID" golang:latest go'
alias nghttp='docker run --rm -it dajobe/nghttpx nghttp'
function dbash() {
    docker exec -it $1 /bin/bash
alias dbash=dbash


Obviously, the list can go on but understanding here is to keep your system in a stateless mode. Simply by having dotfiles backup, you can move your system with no trouble. Now days everything is in Git already!

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