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Try Out Development Containers: Java

Open in Dev Containers

A development container is a running Docker container with a well-defined tool/runtime stack and its prerequisites. You can try out development containers with GitHub Codespaces or Visual Studio Code Dev Containers.

This is a sample project that lets you try out either option in a few easy steps. We have a variety of other vscode-remote-try-* sample projects, too.

Note: If you already have a Codespace or dev container, you can jump to the Things to try section.

Setting up the development container

GitHub Codespaces

Follow these steps to open this sample in a Codespace:

  1. Click the Code drop-down menu and select the Open with Codespaces option.
  2. Select + New codespace at the bottom on the pane.

For more info, check out the GitHub documentation.

VS Code Dev Containers

If you already have VS Code and Docker installed, you can click the badge above or here to get started. Clicking these links will cause VS Code to automatically install the Dev Containers extension if needed, clone the source code into a container volume, and spin up a dev container for use.

Follow these steps to open this sample in a container using the VS Code Dev Containers extension:

  1. If this is your first time using a development container, please ensure your system meets the pre-reqs (i.e. have Docker installed) in the getting started steps.

  2. To use this repository, you can either open the repository in an isolated Docker volume:

    • Press F1 and select the Dev Containers: Try a Sample... command.
    • Choose the "Java" sample, wait for the container to start, and try things out!

      Note: Under the hood, this will use the Dev Containers: Clone Repository in Container Volume... command to clone the source code in a Docker volume instead of the local filesystem. Volumes are the preferred mechanism for persisting container data.

    Or open a locally cloned copy of the code:

    • Clone this repository to your local filesystem.
    • Press F1 and select the Dev Containers: Open Folder in Container... command.
    • Select the cloned copy of this folder, wait for the container to start, and try things out!

Things to try

Once you have this sample opened, you'll be able to work with it like you would locally.

Note: This container runs as a non-root user with sudo access by default. Comment out "remoteUser": "vscode" in .devcontainer/devcontainer.json if you'd prefer to run as root.

Some things to try:

  1. Edit:
    • Open src/main/java/com/mycompany/app/App.java.
    • Try adding some code and check out the language features.
    • Notice that the Java extension pack is already installed in the container since the .devcontainer/devcontainer.json lists "vscjava.vscode-java-pack" as an extension to install automatically when the container is created.
  2. Terminal: Press Ctrl+Shift+` and type uname and other Linux commands from the terminal window.
  3. Build, Run, and Debug:
    • Open src/main/java/com/mycompany/app/App.java.
    • Add a breakpoint.
    • Press F5 to launch the app in the container.
    • Once the breakpoint is hit, try hovering over variables, examining locals, and more.
  4. Run a Test:
    • Open src/test/java/com/mycompany/app/AppTest.java.
    • Put a breakpoint in a test.
    • Click the Debug Test in the Code Lens above the function and watch it hit the breakpoint.


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