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The CDK Cometh…
February 10, 2020

Below is a blog post from our VP of Intelligence, Gabriel Alix, as he discusses his experience using AWS’s Cloud Development Kit.

AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK) hit general availability in July of 2019, and it’s trying to dethrone Terraform. CDK is AWS’s response to the limitation and criticism levied against CloudFormation – namely, the quality of life features (like for-loops, if statements, organization into modules, etc.) and more advanced features (like object-oriented design and high-level abstractions). Ultimately, it is too early to know if CDK will sway people away from Terraform, but it’s a start.

The CDK toolkit takes Typescript, Python, or JavaScript code and transforms it into a CloudFormation (CFN) template which it then deploys. A developer (without ever knowing how to write a CFN template) could pop open VS Code, import CDK with its constructs and starts declaring what they want in minutes. This is a big deal and unlike Terraform and CFN, where you must learn a new language to use. Instead, CDK says, “Hey you know typescript – awesome! Now, deploy an entire infrastructure.”

For example, to create an EC2 the following typescript can be used:

The CDK Cometh

Time will tell if CDK will be amazing but things are looking hopeful and I for one will be watching.

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