Tag: Toolkit


AWS Toolkit support for Visual Studio Community 2013

We often hear from our customers that they would like our AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio to work with the Express editions of Visual Studio. We understand how desirable this is, but due to restrictions built into the Express editions of Visual Studio, it hasn’t been possible…until now.

With the recent announcement of the new Visual Studio Community 2013 edition, it is now possible to get the full functionality of our AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio inside a free edition of Visual Studio. This includes the AWS Explorer for managing resources, Web Application deployment from the Solution Explorer, and the AWS CloudFormation editor for authoring and deploying your CloudFormation templates.

So if you haven’t tried the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio, now is a great time to check it out.

Resource Condition Support in the AWS CloudFormation Editor

AWS CloudFormation recently added support for conditions that control whether resources are created or what value to set for properties on resources. The CloudFormation editor included with the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio was updated to support conditions in version 1.6.1. If you have never used the CloudFormation editor, we have a screencast that gives a quick introduction to the editor.

Defining Conditions

To get started with conditions, you first need to define them.

In this example, there are 2 conditions defined. The first condition checks to see if the deployment will be a production deployment. The second condition checks to see if a new security group should be created.

Using Conditions to Control Resource Creation

For all resources defined in a template, you can set the Condition property. If the condition evaluates to true, then the resource is created with the CloudFormation stack that is the instantiation of the CloudFormation template.

This security group is created only if the CreateSecurityGroup condition evaluates to true, which occurs if no security group is passed in to the ExistingSecurityGroup parameter.

Using Conditions to Control Resource Properties

You can also use conditions to determine what value to set for a resource property.

Since the security group is going to be either created or set by the ExistingSecurityGroup parameter, the SecurityGroups property needs to have its value set conditionally depending on how the security group was created. Also, in this example, we are going to control the size of the EC2 instance depending on the deployment being a production deployment or not.

For more information about using conditions with CloudFormation, check out the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.