One of the pet peeves I have while designing cloudformation template is redundancy. I have to manually copy-paste the same properties across multiple resources. I wanted to leverage AWS CDK to create an interface that would allow tto dynamically create cloudformation. For the interface, I harked back to the good old CSV file.
For a simple example, let’s consider a simple cloudformation template
Parameters: Environment: Type: String Default: dev AllowedValues: - dev - qa - prod Description: Enter your environment Project: Type: String Default: version Description: Enter your version
What if we have to maintain 100 parameters, resources, etc in our project. Soon it will become tedious to maintain multiple resources. Instead, we create a class called
Parameter that we instantiate multiple times using different parameters. Here is a class diagram for our
Using typescript, we can define the class as
We will create a `CSV` file under folder `resources` which would contain information for each instance of our class.
|Environment||yes||parameter||dev||Enter your environment||dev | qa | prod|
First, we will read our
CSV file into our project. We would need to install an additional library to read the file.
$ npm i --save csvtojson
We will edit the
Then we will create
Our code till now will not generate any cloudformation. However, we can test it for any compile errors
$ cdk synth --quiet
Next, we will implement our
Lastly, we can deploy our cloudformation stack using
$ cdk deploy
In the next article, we will update our code to add additional classes to handle
output, etc for our cloudformation template.