AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code Adds New CDK Explorer in Preview

Posted on: Nov 25, 2019

The CDK Explorer, a new preview feature in the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code, allows developers to visualize CDK applications. AWS CDK, launched GA in July this year, is an open source software development framework to model and provision your cloud application resources using familiar programming languages. CDK apps are composed of building blocks known as Constructs, which include definitions for your cloud stacks and resources within. Check out the CDK developer guide or the CDK Workshop to learn more about the CDK.  

The CDK Explorer sidebar is seamlessly integrated with the UI of the Visual Studio Code editor. You can find the CDK Explorer sidebar by clicking on the default Visual Studio Code Explorer icon. The CDK explorer lists all your CDK projects and provides a bird’s eye view of applications, infrastructure stacks, resources and their properties, and policies. As you run cdk synth, you can refresh the CDK Explorer view to update the display tree and reflect the changes you’ve made in your infrastructure.  

Install the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code to start using the new CDK explorer preview feature. Share your feedback, feature requests, and issues on the AWS toolkit extension repo in GitHub.

Learn more about working with the CDK explorer here.