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What is AWS Amplify

push9828 profile image Pushkar Thakur ・4 min read

Amazon Web Services is leading platform in the cloud universe. Back at re:invent 2018, Amazon had unveiled a range of products for mobile, web, IoT, databases, and more.

AWS has many services that cover all needs from a small enterprise to big enterprise business use cases. One such service is AWS Amplify.

AWS Amplify is a set of tools and services to provide a declarative interface for client developers who want to perform everyday tasks in a scalable and secure way using cloud services. It provides users with the flexibility to select the platform they are most comfortable building with and is especially beneficial when it comes to front-end development.

What does it offer?

Amazon Amplify framework is a library, command-line interface, UI component that allows the creation of frontend and its integration with backend lot smoother. Ultimately, it provides full layer development without having to worry about iterations and backend configurations. Here are some features from the many

  • Authentication: Amplify auth lets you set up user authentication flow with user directory. It provides pre-built UI components too.

  • Data Store: With the help of UI you can define backend models, fields, and the relationship between the objects. Authorization rules are built-in in the data model.

  • Atomic Deployments: It offers fully managed services for hosting static web applications and deploying with a built-in CI/CD workflow that helps to accelerate the application release cycle.

Benefits of using Amplify

  • Easy and UI driven Development: It provides a simple fast and modern UI-driven approach to build web and mobile applications. You get some UI components out-of-the-box that speed up the development cycle.

  • Backend Support: It improves the app performance by offering built-in backend support.

  • Usage-Based Payment: Like other paid services of AWS. The payment model is very cost-efficient as you only pay for the services you use.

  • It’s Free to Start: It has a very impressive free tier. You can use it for your initial projects or side projects.

  • Web-Based Analytics: It comes with an analytics dashboard it is very useful for developers, designers, and project managers. It offers in-app metrics too.

AWS amplify supports iOS, Android, Web, and React Native mobile apps, and React, Ionic, Angular, and vue.js for web apps.

The AWS amplify is great for those who don't want to build their backend or other components from scratch. amplify components make it easy to set up the building blocks of your app on your own without all the legwork.

Use Cases of AWS Amplify

Here are just a few of them. If you have more in mind feel free to add in comment.

  • When you want to build cloud-connected applications on the web and mobile platforms.
  • When you want to use javascript in mobile app development.
  • When you don't want to enter into the hassle of maintaining servers and backend service.
  • When you want scalability and faster app development.
  • When you want to give more with cloud in your existing app.

How much it cost?

AWS Amplify comes with the following price structure:

  • Easy and UI driven Development: It provides a simple fast and modern UI-driven approach to build web and mobile applications. You get some UI components out-of-the-box that speed up the development cycle.

  • Backend Support: It improves the app performance by offering built-in backend support.

  • Usage-Based Payment: Like other paid services of AWS. The payment model is very cost-efficient as you only pay for the services you use.

  • It’s Free to Start: It has a very impressive free tier. You can use it for your initial projects or side projects.

  • Web-Based Analytics: It comes with an analytics dashboard it is very useful for developers, designers, and project managers. It offers in-app metrics too.

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AWS amplify supports iOS, Android, Web, and React Native mobile apps, and React, Ionic, Angular, and vue.js for web apps.

The AWS amplify is great for those who don't want to build their backend or other components from scratch. amplify components make it easy to set up the building blocks of your app on your own without all the legwork.

How much it cost?

AWS Amplify comes with the following price structure:

  • Free Tier: It is one of the first payment methods which can also be called a trial period of 12 months(with certain limitations).
  • Pay As you Go Model: For build/deploy it’s $0.01 per build minute, $0.023 per GB of storage per month, and $0.15 for every GB served.

Conclusion

Mobile and web developers could not have asked much from AWS Amplify. As it is packed with so many built-in features such as authentication, notifications, and APIs can all be made with a minimum amount of work.

If you want to deploy secure and efficient applications quickly without managing the underlying infrastructure, give AWS a chance - you won't be disappointed!

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