Issue #4

Hello CloudMakers!

The re:Invent frenzy is over, and as we spend the next few days soaking up the jet lag, here are this issue's reading tips:

  • a fantastic and detailed post on continuous delivery

  • a tool for automatic IAM policy generation

  • an article on the advantages of using AWS CDK over other Infrastructure as Code tools (disclaimer: I wrote it)


My CI/CD pipeline is my release captain

Claire Liguori from AWS has done an amazing job walking through how Amazon’s continuous delivery practices and pipelines automate the "release captain" responsibilities and let developers focus on being builders. This article covers in details how they continuously release changes to production by practicing trunk-based development, by using CI/CD pipelines to manage deployment artifacts and coordinate releases across multiple production environments, and by practicing proactive and automatic rollbacks.

Text → AWS IAM Policy

These days, all we hear about is ChatGPT, a language model trained by OpenAI designed to answer questions and provide explanations on a wide range of topics.

What if we applied GPT-3 from Open AI to something useful, such as to generate an AWS IAM policy from a plain text description? Here you are, have fun!

4 ultimate reasons to prefer AWS CDK over Terraform

Over the past few months I have been using AWS CDK for some projects, and every time I started talking about it, someone would ask: why should I abandon the tool I am using and switch to CDK? What advantages does it offer?

In this article, I tried to give my opinion by explaining the reasons why CDK excited me! 

BONUS: re:Invent 2022 Sessions

All Keynotes, Leadership Sessions and Breakout Sessions from AWS re:Invent are already available.

Don't miss:

  • A closer look at AWS Lambda (SVS404)

  • Scaling containers from one user to millions (CON407)

  • How to reuse patterns when developing infrastructure as code (DOP302)

  • AWS CTO Dr. Werner Vogels is an absolute rockstar appearing in a short video parody of the 1999 sci-fi classic "The Matrix": when offered the now famous choice of taking the red pill or the blue pill the choice catapulted him into a rigid, synchronous world where something as simple as ordering a burger with fries was excruciating

The entire catalogue is available at the following link.

Thank you for reading my newsletter!

If you liked it, please invite your friends to subscribe!

If you were forwarded this newsletter and liked it, you can subscribe for free here:

Have you read an article you liked and want to share it? Send it to me and you might see it published in this newsletter!

Interested in old issues? You can find them here!

Until next time!