Goodbye YAML, Hello AWS Cloud Development Kit
Today in AWS we have two native options for modeling our infrastructure as code. The AWS Cloud Development Kit is a relatively new (Summer 2019) option. The AWS CDK allows the use of a familiar programming language for defining infrastructure as code, provisioning services through AWS CloudFormation and creating reusable AWS constructs.
Components The AWS CDK is primarily composed of Apps, Stacks and Constructs. This talk will cover these basic components and setup of the CDK as well as some configuration options available.
Reusability The biggest draw to AWS CDK for an organization is the ability to define reusable AWS constructs. Want to standardize the way your organization defines serverless applications, containers or databases? AWS CDK allows you to define organizational constructs that can be packaged up as CDK constructs using your favorite programming languages.
Cons Not everything is perfect using the CDK. I’ll talk through some pain points such as multiple stacks, environments and awkward features.
Demo! I will demo deploying an active-active serverless api using DynamoDB global tables, AWS Lambda, API Gateway, AWS Certificate Manager and Route53 in Python. We will setup the cdk, bootstrap our environment and make our own reusable constructs.
About Ken Winner
Ken Winner graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Computer Science. He has a background in cloud services ranging from AWS to Azure as well as desktop applications. He works at Voxi. Ken is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional.
Ken’s primary focus is on Serverless and IoT applications and architectures. He has cut his teeth on several serverless projects and a few Serverless framework plugins. Working all across “the stack”, Ken’s projects have included internal website monitoring, Cognito setup and integration, application migrations to serverless, and IoT event pipelines with Kinesis and Lambda.