Consistent Style Across Editors

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Consistent Style Across Editors

Sometimes, common themes occur if working on a project with multiple people and different development environments. One of the unexpected, time-consuming problems is related to editor configurations.

But it is pretty easy to unify things, if you know where to look…

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Consistent Style Across Editors

Sometimes, common themes occur if working on a project with multiple people and different development environments. One of the unexpected, time-consuming problems is related to editor configurations.

But it is pretty easy to unify things, if you know where to look…

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Spice up your Cloudformation Development life

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Pure CloudFormation coding only with vi can be hard work. But since CloudFormation still is the lingua franca of AWS infrastructure as code, the ecosystem keeps evolving. Even if you only use it indirectly, there are some tools to spice up your development. Hot diagrams, more aroma with compliance checks or bittersweet automated testing. Ready to taste it? Here we go.

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Pure CloudFormation coding only with vi can be hard work. But since CloudFormation still is the lingua franca of AWS infrastructure as code, the ecosystem keeps evolving. Even if you only use it indirectly, there are some tools to spice up your development. Hot diagrams, more aroma with compliance checks or bittersweet automated testing. Ready to taste it? Here we go.

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AWS Setup: Secure Identity Foundation with Terraform

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AWS Setup: Secure Identity Foundation with Terraform When it comes to access management in AWS, often I see a basic setup, with Users in IAM, as described here. Clearly, most people focus on building actual running applications, at first. After the first running POCs, the next migrations are on the road map; your architecture evolves, but the initial IAM setup stays. So it’s better to have a super secure set-up right from the beginning.
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AWS Setup: Secure Identity Foundation with Terraform When it comes to access management in AWS, often I see a basic setup, with Users in IAM, as described here. Clearly, most people focus on building actual running applications, at first. After the first running POCs, the next migrations are on the road map; your architecture evolves, but the initial IAM setup stays. So it’s better to have a super secure set-up right from the beginning.
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Bridging the terraform - CloudFormation gap

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CloudFormation does not cover all AWS Resource types. Terraform does a better job in covering resource types just in time. So if you want to use a resource type which CloudFormation does not support yet, but you want to use CloudFormation, you have to build a Custom Resource with an own Lambda Function. CDK to the rescue: use AwsCustomResource.

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CloudFormation does not cover all AWS Resource types. Terraform does a better job in covering resource types just in time. So if you want to use a resource type which CloudFormation does not support yet, but you want to use CloudFormation, you have to build a Custom Resource with an own Lambda Function. CDK to the rescue: use AwsCustomResource.

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The declarative vs imperative Infrastructure as Code discussion is flawed

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“Infrastructure definition has to be declarative”. Let’s see where this presumption gets us. My guess why some ops guys prefer pure terraform or CloudFormation is that these languages seem to be easier to understand. There is precisely one way of creating a specific resource in the language. If you use a programming language, there are many ways to solve one specific problem. The problem which could occur later in the project is that both declarative languages have boundaries in what they can do, with a programming language you do not have these boundaries.
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“Infrastructure definition has to be declarative”. Let’s see where this presumption gets us. My guess why some ops guys prefer pure terraform or CloudFormation is that these languages seem to be easier to understand. There is precisely one way of creating a specific resource in the language. If you use a programming language, there are many ways to solve one specific problem. The problem which could occur later in the project is that both declarative languages have boundaries in what they can do, with a programming language you do not have these boundaries.
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Managing multiple stages with Terraform

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Managing multiple environments in Terraform Introduction I recently started learning Terraform. For those who haven’t encountered it: Terraform is in essence a framework to describe Infrastructure as code by Hashicorp. When I began doing that, I was struggling with the staging-concept of Terraform. I did my research and came upon numerous 1 articles and blogs that described ways to manage (multiple) environments or stages in Terraform2. Since I wasn’t really happy with the other solutions and there didn’t seem to be a canonical way to handle multiple environments, I decided to try and figure out my own solution.
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Managing multiple environments in Terraform Introduction I recently started learning Terraform. For those who haven’t encountered it: Terraform is in essence a framework to describe Infrastructure as code by Hashicorp. When I began doing that, I was struggling with the staging-concept of Terraform. I did my research and came upon numerous 1 articles and blogs that described ways to manage (multiple) environments or stages in Terraform2. Since I wasn’t really happy with the other solutions and there didn’t seem to be a canonical way to handle multiple environments, I decided to try and figure out my own solution.
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Building Lambda with terraform

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Building Lambda Functions with Terraform Introduction Many of us use Terraform to manage our infrastructure as code. As AWS users, Lambda functions tend to be an important part of our infrastructure and its automation. Deploying - and especially building - Lambda functions with Terraform unfortunately isn’t as straightforward as I’d like. (To be fair: it’s very much debatable whether you should use Terraform for this purpose, but I’d like to do that - and if I didn’t, you wouldn’t get to read this article, so let’s continue)
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Building Lambda Functions with Terraform Introduction Many of us use Terraform to manage our infrastructure as code. As AWS users, Lambda functions tend to be an important part of our infrastructure and its automation. Deploying - and especially building - Lambda functions with Terraform unfortunately isn’t as straightforward as I’d like. (To be fair: it’s very much debatable whether you should use Terraform for this purpose, but I’d like to do that - and if I didn’t, you wouldn’t get to read this article, so let’s continue)
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Einleitung zu tRick

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Wer träumt nicht davon das Infrastructure as Code Framwork zu benutzen, das die eigenen Anforderungen bestens erfüllt? Aber wie findet man nun dieses eine richtige Framework für seinen Anwendungsfall, den “Alleskönner” oder den “Spezialisten”? Auch wir bei tecRacer haben immer wieder mit unterschiedlichsten Infrastructure as Code Frameworks zu tun. Bei unseren Projekten im AWS Umfeld steht uns eine große Zahl an möglichen Tools zur Verfügung. Aber worin genau besteht der Vorteil von Infrastructure as Code Frameworks gegenüber einer manuellen Bereitstellung von Infrastruktur-Resourcen?
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Wer träumt nicht davon das Infrastructure as Code Framwork zu benutzen, das die eigenen Anforderungen bestens erfüllt? Aber wie findet man nun dieses eine richtige Framework für seinen Anwendungsfall, den “Alleskönner” oder den “Spezialisten”? Auch wir bei tecRacer haben immer wieder mit unterschiedlichsten Infrastructure as Code Frameworks zu tun. Bei unseren Projekten im AWS Umfeld steht uns eine große Zahl an möglichen Tools zur Verfügung. Aber worin genau besteht der Vorteil von Infrastructure as Code Frameworks gegenüber einer manuellen Bereitstellung von Infrastruktur-Resourcen?
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