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Introduction to Developer Tools with AWS

Adit Modi
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AWS dominates much of the cloud market and continues to release new tools and services to expand its reach, including a push in recent years to expand its array of developer tools.

Companies that don't have experienced developers already on staff may struggle with the AWS tool set, but it's hard to argue against the raw computing power of Amazon's cloud. If an IT team is ready to explore the world of AWS cloud developer tools, it will want to get to know the following developer tool services mentioned in this article.

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AWS Developer Tools

The developing tool in Amazon Web Services helps the user to get the software to deliver safely. It also modifies the developers and IT operations to make the outcome better.

This helps to build, test, and deploy the application to AWS or the required destination. This tool helps the user to monitor, store, and provide surveillance to the application source code.

AWS CodeCommit

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AWS CodeCommit is a fully managed source control service that makes it easy for companies to host secure and highly scalable private Git repositories. AWS CodeCommit eliminates the need to operate your own source control system or worry about scaling its infrastructure. You can use AWS CodeCommit to securely store anything from source code to binaries, and it works seamlessly with your existing Git tools.

CodeBuild

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CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers. CodeBuild scales continuously and processes multiple builds concurrently, so your builds are not left waiting in a queue. You can get started quickly by using prepackaged build environments, or you can create custom build environments that use your own build tools.

AWS CodeArtifact

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AWS CodeArtifact, AWS' managed artifact repository, enables developers to store, publish and share software packages in a secure manner. This service integrates with Maven, Gradle, npm, yarn and other package managers and build tools. CodeArtifact has no upfront costs but there are fees for storage, requests and data transfers.

CodeDeploy

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CodeDeploy is a service that automates code deployments to any instance, including EC2 instances and instances running on premises. CodeDeploy makes it easier for you to rapidly release new features, helps you avoid downtime during application deployment, and handles the complexity of updating your applications. You can use CodeDeploy to automate software deployments, eliminating the need for error-prone manual operations. The service scales with your infrastructure so you can easily deploy to one instance or thousands.

CodePipeline

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CodePipeline is a fully managed continuous delivery service that helps you automate your release pipelines for fast and reliable application and infrastructure updates. CodePipeline automates the build, test, and deploy phases of your release process every time there is a code change, based on the release model you define. This enables you to rapidly and reliably deliver features and updates. You can easily integrate CodePipeline with third-party services such as GitHub or with your own custom plugin. With AWS CodePipeline, you only pay for what you use. There are no upfront fees or long-term commitments.

AWS CodeStar

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AWS CodeStar enables you to quickly develop, build, and deploy applications on AWS. AWS CodeStar provides a unified user interface, enabling you to easily manage your software development activities in one place. With AWS CodeStar, you can set up your entire continuous delivery toolchain in minutes, allowing you to start releasing code faster. AWS CodeStar makes it easy for your whole team to work together securely, allowing you to easily manage access and add owners, contributors, and viewers to your projects. Each AWS CodeStar project comes with a project management dashboard, including an integrated issue tracking capability powered by Atlassian JIRA Software. With the AWS CodeStar project dashboard, you can easily track progress across your entire software development process, from your backlog of work items to teams’ recent code deployments. For more information, see AWS CodeStar features.

Amazon Corretto

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Amazon Corretto is a no-cost, multiplatform, production-ready distribution of the Open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK). Corretto comes with long-term support that will include performance enhancements and security fixes. Amazon runs Corretto internally on thousands of production services and Corretto is certified as compatible with the Java SE standard. With Corretto, you can develop and run Java applications on popular operating systems, including Amazon Linux 2, Windows, and macOS.

AWS Cloud9

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AWS Cloud9 is a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) that lets you write, run, and debug your code with just a browser. It includes a code editor, debugger, and terminal. Cloud9 comes prepackaged with essential tools for popular programming languages, including JavaScript, Python, PHP, and more, so you don’t need to install files or configure your development machine to start new projects. Since your Cloud9 IDE is cloud-based, you can work on your projects from your office, home, or anywhere using an internet-connected machine. Cloud9 also provides a seamless experience for developing serverless applications enabling you to easily define resources, debug, and switch between local and remote execution of serverless applications. With Cloud9, you can quickly share your development environment with your team, enabling you to pair program and track each other's inputs in real time.

AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI)

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AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) is an open source tool specifically designed to interact with and control other AWS services from the command line. AWS CLI requires minimal configuration, and developers can run commands with the same functionality as the AWS Management Console. It works with Windows, MacOS and Linux, and it comes preinstalled with the Amazon Linux AMI.

AWS X-Ray

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AWS X-Ray helps developers analyze and debug distributed applications in production or under development, such as those built using a microservices architecture. With X-Ray, you can understand how your application and its underlying services are performing so you can identify and troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors. X-Ray provides an end-to-end view of requests as they travel through your application, and shows a map of your application’s underlying components. You can use X-Ray to analyze both applications in development and in production, from simple three-tier applications to complex microservices applications consisting of thousands of services.

AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK)

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AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK) is an open source software development framework. It defines cloud infrastructure as code through programming languages and AWS CloudFormation deployment. With CDK, developers can interact with their cloud applications. For example, they can list the defined stacks in their apps, move the stacks into CloudFormation templates and deploy them to any public AWS Region. Like other developer services from AWS, there is no additional charge for this tool beyond the associated resources provisioned.

AWS Device Farm

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AWS Device Farm is a cloud developer tool focused on increasing the quality of applications, time to market and overall customer satisfaction through testing with real mobile devices. With Device Farm, developers upload an application or test scripts to run tests across a large number of real Android and iOS services. Within this tool, developers can also debug or reproduce any customer issues. Developer teams have the option of three pricing models: Pay as you go, which starts at $0.17 per device minute; unlimited testing, which starts at $250.00 per month; and private devices, which starts at $200 per month.

Amazon CodeGuru

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Amazon CodeGuru is a cloud developer tool that recommends ways to enhance code quality and reduce costs. This service relies on machine learning and has two primary components -- Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer and Amazon CodeGuru Profiler. Reviewer finds the major issues and elusive bugs, while Profiler helps optimize performance and cut costs by exposing the priciest lines of code within the app. Priced separately, both features offer a 90-day free trial in supported AWS Regions. After the trial period, pricing is broken down based on number of lines in the code analyzed or the duration of the analysis.

Conclusion

AWS Developer Tools is reliable and secure in many ways and it also helps to integrate an industry. With pay as you go service, the whole AWS is economical and there are no additional charges as the user has to pay only for what they have used. AWS Developer Tools are aimed at speeding up development and making your job as a developer easier.

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