Newsletter 2022 week 20

22nd May 2022

In this weekly newsletter, I write a summary of posts that got my attention during the week. I center around topics AWS, DevOps, Architecture, AWS CDK, Data Engineering, Data Analytics and much more.

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Improve DX by publishing an API SDK - a CDK Serverless example

Uii an API SDK is a nice idea. For me, that looks similar to OpenAPI / Swagger SDKs. It seems to be a smart combination of OpenAPI SDK and TypeScript. Plus with a sophisticated CI/CD flow like posting to slack you can make developers earlier aware of SDK changes. Interesting idea please read the full article!

Thanks a lot to the author Rehan van der Merwe

Getting started with testing DynamoDB code in Python

Interesting post about testing DynamoDB code in Python. You can use the python package moto to mock the AWS Service. That is super cool and how I used to when I am working with jest in TypeScript. Super cool that Python has something similar :). So I recommend reading the full article if you are interested in programming AWS CDK or AWS SDK with Python.

Thanks a lot to the author Maurice Borgmeier

How to work around CloudFormation circular dependencies

Super interesting. CloudFormation circular dependencies are an often encountered problem when working with CloudFormation or with AWS CDK (which is basically CloudFormation). So this article is super useful for how to resolve those.

Thanks a lot to the Serverless Hero Yan Cui

Solutions Architect Tips: How to Build Your First Architecture Diagram

An interesting article about architecture diagrams. It introduced and recommends the use of c4model which is super interesting .

Thanks a lot to the author Allen Helton

Introduction to AWS Developer Tools - Part 1

Super cool overview and summary of existing AWS Developer Tools. My highlight is cloud9. Look at the article if you want to know why.

Thanks a lot to the author MakendranG

Source Control your AWS CloudFormation templates with GitHub

This is a cool article about how to manage your CloudFormation template via GitHub Actions like linting and more. But yeah I would recommend not using CloudFormation directly and using AWS CDK :).

Thanks a lot to the author Sarah Lean

What exactly is Frontmatter?

Explains what Frontmatter is. I didn't realize that I already use it for my blog post Gatsby side :D.

Thanks a lot to the author Chris Bongers

Why CI/CD? How was a life without CI/CD & how is it now?

A good and comprehensive article on why CI/CD is so awesome. Use this article to sell CI/CD to whomever ^^.

Thanks a lot to the author Warda Liaqat

Security Iceberg: AWS Security Hub the right way

A nice introduction and roundup about AWS Security Hub. Gives as well some tips when working with it.

Thanks a lot to the author Andreas Wittig

Docs for Everyone

Nice article about how to write meaningful documentation. Highlights the importance of diagrams.

Thanks a lot to the author Megan Sullivan

What makes a good DevOps manager?

A great discussion about what makes a great DevOps Manager.

What Are AWS CDK Constructs, Stacks and How To Use Them

A good explanation about AWS CDK level 1, 2 and 3 constructs.

Thanks a lot to the author Faizan Raza

Is This Thing On? Giving an Effective Talk In Person

An interesting talk about public speaking. The author gives tips on how to improve public speaking.

Thanks a lot to the author Kristi Perreault

ESLint and Prettier

Nice post about why eslint and prettier are important.

Thanks a lot to the author SUCHINTAN DAS

Open Source Projects

In this section, I list Open Source projects I find super interesting!


Import TypeScript type from JSON. That was always a disadvantage when a client wanted me to use a JSON file as input for CDK properties. It is super cool that it seems you easily can infer the type.

Final Words

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