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Grunt Cookbook by Jurie-Jan Botha

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Invalidating an AWS CloudFront distribution

In this recipe, we make use of the invalidate-cloudfront (0.1.6) plugin to invalidate a AWS CloudFront distribution.

The AWS CloudFront service provides us with an easy way to distribute the files of our websites and applications over a CDN with edge locations all over the world. This leads to faster response times for our intended audience, no matter where they may be in the world.

A side effect of having our file hosted on a CDN is that whenever they are updated at the source, the updates may take a while to reflect at the various edge locations, potentially keeping critical updates from our audience. AWS CloudFront does, however, allow us to indicate that we'd like to refresh the content that is stored ...

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