In this talk we will share our experiences in developing a tool chain from classes, to bundles, to containers, to systems.
OSGi and Docker come together in a compelling way where the former provides modularity "in the small" and the latter "modularity in the large". We discover how the unique characteristics of OSGi enable a smooth transition from small to large.
The resulting environment enables developers to grow distributed systems on their local machine and test them with plain JUnit at all levels of granularity - classes to systems. During development OSGi enables the tool chain to update the system without container rebuilds.
While an increase in productivity is one benefit of such an environment, an arguably more important benefit is the way it empowers developers to gain new insights.