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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

Building a Full Stack Application with CDK

In the previous chapter, we learned about the concept of monorepos and how they help you organize your CDK code alongside higher-level separations such as infrastructure, frontend, and backend code. As we mentioned earlier, this isn’t a rule when working with CDK. We’re sure there will be better ways discovered by the CDK development community as processes evolve and more developers get to use it in their projects. For now, this way of organizing your code is good enough, so let’s see how it all comes to life in a practical fashion.

In this chapter, we are going to learn about the following main topics:

  • Building a Node.js and Express.js backed API
  • Creating a React application that integrates with the API
  • Bringing it all to life with AWS CDK and using services such as Elastic Container Service and DynamoDB
  • How CDK helps with building Docker images for ECS

You might already know how to build...