Four-Project Series

Getting Started with Kubernetes you own this product

basic YAML • basic shell commands • basic Git commands
skills learned
Docker fundamentals • using Dockerfile for automation • publish to container registry • Kubernetes pods, deployments, and services • configure applications with ConfigMaps and secrets • cluster resource usage • Kubernetes deployment strategies
Sunil Jacob
4 weeks · 3-5 hours per week average · BEGINNER

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Step into the shoes of a DevOps engineer for BuildYourHome, an e-commerce company specializing in home improvement products. In this series of liveProjects, you’ll take BuildYourHome’s booming online business from monolith to modern by leveraging the power of the cloud. Adopting Kubernetes as a container orchestrator will ensure application uptime, lower operational costs, and help the application scale as needed.

You’ll containerize the existing e-commerce application with Docker files, deploy the application in Kubernetes, learn strategies for providing rolling updates without diminishing the user experience, and support seamless updates by storing decoupled configuration with Kubernetes ConfigMaps and Secrets. By the end of this series, you’ll have written a Dockerfile to containerize a web application, built a container image, published it to a container registry, and leveraged Kubernetes as an orchestrator—sought-after skills in a world where containerization is the de facto standard.

These projects are designed for learning purposes and are not complete, production-ready applications or solutions.

Well-organized project with clear instructions to follow, and each section focuses on one topic, which is very clear.

Larry Cai

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When you start each of the projects in this series, you'll get full access to the following book for 90 days.

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This is a well-structured getting started project series for Kubernetes. The learner is gradually introduced and prompted to explore K8s concepts and techniques.

Kelum Senanayake

After completing it, I can say 100% that this LP met my expectations and exceeded them in places. There are real tangible benefits to completing a liveProject. I urge more people to take them.

Amit Lamba

It is a good intro to serving containerized apps in K8s.

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project author

Sunil Jacob

Sunil Jacob is a principal architect in the DevOps area at an e-commerce company. He has gained experience with Docker, Kubernetes, and Google Cloud Platform, and implements DevSecOps practices using Policy as Code with Open Policy Agent, giving high importance to security. Well-versed in CI/CD platforms like GitHub Actions and GitLab, Sunil is a certified Professional Cloud Architect and Certified Kubernetes Administrator.


This liveProject series is for software engineers who are ready to enter the world of container orchestration using Kubernetes. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Visual Studio Code (v1.6)
  • kubectl (v1.21)
  • Docker desktop
  • minikube (v1.22)
  • Create a Dockerfile to containerize the application
  • Deploy the containerized application in the Kubernetes cluster and expose it to the internet
  • Scale applications
  • Control CPU and memory resources
  • Store application configuration in ConfigMaps
  • Store password in Kubernetes Secrets
  • Persistent Volumes and Persistent Volume Claims

you will learn

In this liveProject series, you’ll learn the basics of building and operating cloud-native applications with Kubernetes and Docker.

  • Create a Dockerfile
  • Obtain a container image from a Dockerfile
  • Run a container from a container image
  • Publish a container image to the container registry
  • Set up and run local Kubernetes
  • Use Kubernetes to orchestrate your containers
  • Horizontal scaling of Pods
  • Use Kubernetes Secrets and ConfigMaps
  • Use health checks to determine if the container is ready to accept traffic
  • Kubernetes deployment strategies
  • Use Persistent Volumes and Persistent Volume Claims


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Get full access to select books for 90 days. Permanent access to excerpts from Manning products are also included, as well as references to other resources.