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AWS CDK in Practice

By : Mark Avdi, Leo Lam
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AWS CDK in Practice

By: Mark Avdi, Leo Lam

Overview of this book

As cloud applications are becoming more complex, multiple tools and services have emerged to cater to the challenges of running reliable solutions. Although infrastructure as code, containers, and orchestration tools, such as Kubernetes, have proved to be efficient in solving these challenges, AWS CDK represents a paradigm shift in building easily developed, extended, and maintained applications. With AWS CDK in Practice, you’ll start by setting up basic day-to-day infrastructure while understanding the new prospects that CDK offers. You’ll learn how to set up pipelines for building CDK applications on the cloud that are long-lasting, agile, and maintainable. You’ll also gain practical knowledge of container-based and serverless application development. Furthermore, you’ll discover how to leverage AWS CDK to build cloud solutions using code instead of configuration files. Finally, you’ll explore current community best practices for solving production issues when dealing with CDK applications. By the end of this book, you’ll have practical knowledge of CDK, and you’ll be able to leverage the power of AWS with code that is simple to write and maintain using AWS CDK.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Part 1: An Introduction to AWS CDK
Part 2: Practical Cloud Development with AWS CDK
Part 3: Serverless Development with AWS CDK
Part 4: Advanced Architectural Concepts

What is ISAA?

The rate of innovation for new tooling either for or inspired by CDK is so mind-bendingly high that nearly every day, we come across a new CDK construct, library, or concept that deals with highly challenging infrastructure problems.

This is no surprise. New tooling creates new ways of thinking about building applications. The way React applications are configured now is different from the way Backbone.js applications were developed, organized, and architected. One could not dream of reaching the same level of resilience for microservices without Kubernetes as an orchestrator of services becoming available.

Much like microservice architecture, AWS CDK allows for a new generation of applications that have even higher degrees of resilience, scalability, and maintainability. It’s a method we use at Westpoint. In fact, we oversee supporting applications that we developed two years ago that need very little support, limited to bug fixes and data clean-ups at times...