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AWS Cloud Adds .NET Core Support to Coding Tools

Two development tools for the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) cloud -- AWS CodeStar and AWS CodeBuild -- now support .NET Core.

The cloud giant yesterday announced the upgrade to the two services used for developing, building and deploying AWS applications, noting that developers had inquired about such support for .NET Core, a lightweight, open source, modular platform used to create Web applications and services for Windows, Linux and Mac OSes.

CodeStar, introduced in April, is designed to integrate with existing IDEs and abstract some of the steps needed to build a toolchain for continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) on the AWS cloud. It comes pre-configured with a project management dashboard, an automated CD pipeline, and a Git code repository using AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeDeploy. It also provides out-of-the-box integration with Atlassian's JIRA Software, which adds project management and issue tracking.

CodeBuild provides a fully managed project build service for compiling source code, testing the code and producing ready-to-deploy software packages, freeing developers from worrying about provisioning, managing and scaling their own build servers.

New .NET Core templates have been added to CodeStar, joining the initial templates available for developing Amazon EC2, AWS Elastic Beanstalk and AWS Lambda projects with the JavaScript, Java, Python, Ruby and PHP programming languages.

Targeting the AWS Cloud with Visual Studio 2017
[Click on image for larger view.] Targeting the AWS Cloud with Visual Studio 2017 (source: AWS)

"Each template provisions the underlying AWS Code Services and configures an end-end continuous delivery pipeline for the targeted application using AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodePipeline, and AWS CodeDeploy," AWS' Tara Walker said in a blog post yesterday.

The companion CodeBuild tool, meanwhile, now lets developers build and deploy .NET Core applications for Amazon EC2 and AWS Lambda.

"This new CodeBuild capability has enabled the addition of two new project templates in AWS CodeStar for .NET Core applications," Walker said.

"These new project templates enable you to deploy .NET Code applications to Amazon EC2 Linux Instances, and provides everything you need to get started quickly, including .NET Core sample code and a full software development toolchain," continued Walker, who added that many developers had inquired about .NET app development support.

In her post, Walker demonstrated how to use the new capabilities, noting that Visual Studio 2017 is required to leverage the new functionality, along with the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio 2017.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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