AWS CodeStar

What is AWS CodeStar?

AWS CodeStar helps you create, manage, and work with software development projects on Amazon Web Services. This service helps you with various DevOps operations so that you can develop, build, and deploy applications on AWS. As already mentioned, it helps simplify DevOps processes and to do that it brings popular AWS DevOps Services under one roof. Those services are:

AWS CodeStar is a new service that changes the way development teams deliver software in AWS. CodeStar makes the process of setting up software applications for continuous delivery easier to manage through integrated authorization and access management, centralized member collaboration, and automated environment provisioning.
Codestar is a service offered by Amazon that facilitates the creation, management, and working with software development projects on AWS. Users gain the ability to quickly develop, build, and deploy applications on AWS with a Codestar project.
Amazon CodeStar project can be used to create and integrate Amazon services with the user’s project development toolchain. Based on the CodeStar project template chosen by the user, the toolchain will include source control, build, deployment, virtual servers (in case servers are needed) or server less resources and other resources.
CodeStar is also used to manage the permissions which are required for project users. Users can be added as team members to an AWS CodeStar project, and project owners have the ability to easily grant access to the team members based on the roles they have been assigned to in the project and the resources.

Features of AWS CodeStar:

AWS CodeStar facilitates the following features:
Start New Projects in Minutes:
Amazon CodeStar provides you with different platforms and tools to create and host your applications. Since it takes care of setting up your project resources, you can collaborate and make different tools work together. This, in turn, helps you launch new projects very easily and in less time.
Visualize, Operate, and Collaborate on Your Projects:
The process of collaboration becomes easier because dashboards for this service let you visualize all the actions carried out during the course of project development.
Quick Iteration With Required Tools:
AWS CodeStar comes equipped with an integrated development toolchain for your project. You can push code and changes can automatically be deployed. Integration with issue tracking allows you to keep track of what needs to be done next. You and your team can work together more quickly and efficiently across all phases of code delivery.

Components of AWS CodeStar:

This Service has four components it works around, those are:
Project Template
Project Templates:
These ensure that you have sample templates to work with.
This template ensures you spend very less time configuring the resources and more time on focusing on business goals. It lets you select the following for automatic provisioning,
Once the template and project requirements are full-filled, you need to focus on granting appropriate access and managing the team that is going to work on the project. In AWS CodeStar, each project has a project team. A user can belong to multiple AWS CodeStar projects and have different AWS CodeStar roles (and thus, different permissions) in each project.
In AWS CodeStar, team members may opt to choose an alias. They can also add an email address so other team members can contact them. Team members who are not owners cannot change their AWS CodeStar role for the project.
AWS CodeStar provides you with a dashboard, which is very interactive and intuitive and lets you do the following:
Add, remove, or move tiles on your dashboard
Add a project extension to your dashboard
Customize the team wiki tile
This service also provides you with extensions which let you add tiles and functionality to your dashboard. To do that, choose Extensions. Next to the extension, you have an option called Show on dashboard. You must select it. To set up an extension that is displayed on your dashboard, choose the connect button or command on the extension, and then follow instructions to complete setup.
Extensions are very important, this service also gives you the freedom to add JIRA extensions which are centric these days, especially when it comes to CI/CD projects.

Setting up CodeStar:

Sign into the AWS account.
Create an AWS CodeStar service role, which helps in the creation and management of AWS resources and IAM permissions. The service role has to be created only once.
It is important to note that the user should be signed in as an IAM administrative user (or a root account) to create a service role.
Open the AWS CodeStar console.
Click on the ‘Start project’.
In the ‘Create service role’, click on ‘Yes, create role’.
Now exit the wizard.

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