CloudFormation Basics

AWS provides many services, each of which has many configuration options. You also need to wire these services up. To effectively and reliably create, configure, update, or destroy these services, we are going to show you how to use an IaC (Infrastructure as code) technology from AWS, called CloudFormation. CloudFormation is not a complex technology, but follows the extension of all AWS services and configuration options. The details and operation of CloudFormation could be subject to a book on its own.

CloudFormation is an extended data structure that you write using JSON or YAML. I say extended, because it's possible to use references, functions, and conditions. A CloudFormation file is composed of the following sections: ...

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