What is Docker? Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications, whether on laptops, data centers, VMs, or in the cloud. Docker allows applications to be isolated into containers with instructions for exactly what they need to survive that can be easily ported from machine to machine. Though Virtual machines also allow the exact same thing, and numerous other tools already exist to make rebuilding these configurations portable and reproducible, Docker has a more simplified structure compared to both of these, the real area where it causes disruption is resource efficiency.

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Now let’s get started on Running SQL Server on Linux in Docker on Windows

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Software… Are you the curious type like me who needs to know what’s been installed and where it is located on your system!

Exploring the public preview of SQL Server vNext CTP1.1, and installing the following necessary packages mssql-server, mssql-tools, and msodbcsql for running and using SQL Server on Linux. This post is about these packages, finding out what files are installed and where, but before we jump in some minor housekeeping stuff…

What is a Linux package?

In Linux distributions, a package refers to a compressed file archive containing all of the files that come with a particular application. The files are usually stored in the package according to their relative installation paths on your system. Most packages also contain installation instructions for the OS, as well as a list of any other packages that are dependencies, prerequisites required for installation.

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Following-up from a previous post Fetching NHL Play by Play game data where I created a Node.js app that enabled the fetching of NHL Play by Play JSON game files. The next step was to enable the parsing of JSON files into CSV files in order to do some further exploring… say like analyzing with R, load into a RDBMS, or visualizing it!

So I added a new javascript file convert.js to the existing nhlplaybyplay-node app on the GitHub repo: https://github.com/sfrechette/nhlplaybyplay-node

One important thing! I’m using jq a lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor. You can download it here or install using Homebrew by issuing the following command: brew install jq


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sql-loves-linux_2_twitter-002-640x358 SQL Server vNext represents a major step towards making SQL Server a platform that enables choices of development languages, data types, on-premises and in the cloud, and across operating systems by bringing the power of SQL Server to Linux, Linux-based Docker containers, and Windows.

For all the downloads, code samples and to stay informed visit the following link SQL Server v.Next Public Preview


I am sharing with you my experiences, gotchas in installing SQL Server on Linux on an existing Ubuntu VM I already had running for a while…I have since installed SQL Server for Linux on several other local VM’s and in Azure without any issues just by following the documentation.

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