July 24, 2023

How to implement AWCI/CD using AWS Managed Services

Are you tired of manually releasing software updates? Do you find that the process is time-consuming and error-prone? If so, you’re not alone. Many software development teams struggle with the release process, from building to deploying. That’s where Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) practices come in. Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) practices have revolutionized the software release process, automating it from build to deployment. AWS Managed Services cover these processes, making them faster and more reliable. This article thoroughly explores these AWS services and shows how they can benefit your software development process.

Version Control

Let’s start with version control. AWS CodeCommit provides a Git-compatible version control system that is secure and highly available by default. With private source repositories and IAM access control, you can rest assured that your code is safe. Plus, CodeCommit is designed to span across multiple Availability Zones using DynamoDB and S3 for storage. And the best part? You can use all the standard Git commands, like pull, push, and merge. More info: https://aws.amazon.com/codecommit/features/

Automated Build and Test Process

AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that offers flexible build configurations in the form of a defined build configuration file called buildspec.yaml. You can configure different phases of the build, commands of the build steps, environment variables, caching strategy, and more. CodeBuild also can use pre-build build environments; there is a list of provided environments created by AWS; it can also create a custom-built environment with Docker containers. AWS CodeBuild builds your code and stores the artifacts in an Amazon S3 bucket, or you can use a build command to upload them to an artifact repository. Different compute options can be selected as on-demand pay-as-you-go pricing for the compute capacity.

But that’s not all. CodeBuild can be triggered in several ways, such as after changes on source repositories like GitHub or AWS CodeCommit, or scheduled for daily or nightly builds. Test and coverage reports can be created within the AWS CodeBuild and automatically exported to Report Groups. The following versions of test reports are supported Cucumber JSON (.json)JUnit XML (.xml)NUnit XML (.xml)NUnit3 XML (.xml)TestNG XML (.xml)Visual Studio TRX (.trx).

Infrastructure as Code

Finally, we have infrastructure as code with AWS CloudFormation. This state-of-the-art Infrastructure as Code (IAC) service allows you to model and manage infrastructure in a templated manner. With CloudFormation templates, you can describe the desired resources and their dependencies, launch and configure them together as a stack, and manage and provision them across multiple AWS accounts and regions.

CloudFormation manages the state of the stack, so there’s no need to create and manage resources that keep track of the state. And in case of deployment failure, the stacks roll back to the previous “correct” state; stacks can be nested and reference each other’s output values/variables. With CloudFormation, you can easily manage your infrastructure and deployments in a scalable and efficient way.

Our AWS Cloud Engineer/Architect, Sándor Bakos, has made a User Guide to building and deeply using AWS Managed Services. Read it here.

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