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Apr 2021
Trial ? Worth pursuing. It is important to understand how to build up this capability. Enterprises should try this technology on a project that can handle the risk.

Many of our teams who are already on AWS have found AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) to be a sensible AWS default for enabling infrastructure provisioning. In particular, they like the use of first-class programming languages instead of configuration files which allows them to use existing tools, test approaches and skills. Like similar tools, care is still needed to ensure deployments remain easy to understand and maintain. The development kit currently supports TypeScript, JavaScript, Python, Java, C# and .NET. New providers are being added to the CDK core. We've also used both AWS Cloud Development Kit and HashiCorp's Cloud Development Kit for Terraform to generate Terraform configurations and enable provisioning with the Terraform platform with success.

Oct 2020
Assess ? Worth exploring with the goal of understanding how it will affect your enterprise.

For many of our teams, Terraform has become the default choice for defining cloud infrastructure. However, some of our teams have been experimenting with AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK), and they like what they've seen so far. In particular, they like the use of first-class programming languages instead of configuration files which allows them to use existing tools, test approaches and skills. Like similar tools, care is still needed to ensure deployments remain easy to understand and maintain. It currently supports TypeScript, JavaScript, Python, Java and C# and .NET. We'll continue to watch AWS CDK, especially since the AWS and HashiCorp teams recently launched a preview for Cloud Development Kit for Terraform to generate Terraform configurations and enable provisioning with the Terraform platform.

Nov 2019
Assess ? Worth exploring with the goal of understanding how it will affect your enterprise.

For many of our teams Terraform has become the default choice for defining cloud infrastructure. However, some of our teams have been experimenting with AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) and they like what they've seen so far. In particular, they like the use of first-class programming languages instead of configuration files which allows them to use existing tools, test approaches and skills. Like similar tools, care is still needed to ensure deployments remain easy to understand and maintain. Given that support for C# and Java is coming soon and ignoring for now some gaps in functionality, we think AWS CDK is worth watching as an alternative to other configuration file–based approaches.

Published : Nov 20, 2019
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