Pro Windows Subsystem for Linux (Wsl): Powerful Tools and Practices for Cross-Platform Development and Collaboration

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This book covers everything a developer needs to know to hit the ground running and get the most out of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Since its release, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) has been growing in popularity, moving from curious early adopters to wide-scale interest, including enterprise development teams using WSL in production. This authoritative guide to WSL covers the gamut, introducing developers to WSL architecture, installation and configuration, the WSL command line, all the way to advanced use cases and performance tunings. Practical examples are sprinkled throughout to reinforce understanding. This book is designed to efficiently and effectively get developers comfortable using this highly useful platform for open-source development on Windows. WSL is uniquely suited to cloud and cross-platform development, and system administrator workflows on Windows.

Windows developers will begin with the basics of installation and then be introduced to the vast library of open source tools that they can integrate into their own workflows, using their existing development tools, such as Code, Visual Studio, and JetBrains IDEs. Readers will learn, hands on, about using WSL to develop cross-platform and cloud-native applications, work with containers, and deploy a local Kubernetes cluster on WSL.

"Much of what WSL is, is what developers make of it" is expert Barnes' guiding mantra, a theme that is reinforced throughout this valuable cross-platform learning journey. Developers will get excited about the many new opportunities at their fingertips and be astounded at what they can do and achieve with WSL.

What You Will Learn

  • Install and configure WSL, a unique and novel configuration process
  • Receive an unbiased overview of WSL, its architecture, installation, the command line, practical use cases, and advanced configuration
  • Create a development workstation using WSL
  • Compare and contrast the differences between WSL 1 and WSL 2
  • Explore, in depth, some of the more popular workflows in WSL, including Docker containers
  • Consider and plan key factors for a large scale enterprise deployment of WSL

Who This Book Is For

Developers who need to know WSL and how to build a development stack, integrating it with their preferred code editor or IDE if they so choose; existing Windows and Linux system administrators who want to learn how to install, deploy, and manage WSL; power users who are comfortable in a command line, but may be new to Linux or WSL