Projen: The Next CDK Suprise!

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  • projen

    A new generation of project generators

    Today, the main community hubs are the Slack #projen channel and the GitHub project.

  • constructs

    Define composable configuration models through code

    All CDKs are based on Amazon's Constructs, (which also uses projen). They come with a CLI and Development Kit (API). In short, you set up an Object in code and then synthesize the representation to disk. This opens up the full power of programming languages. If you are sick of the issues with terraform, CloudFormation Templates, troposphere, Azure Blue Prints, or the like then this is for you.

  • Klotho

    AWS Cloud-aware infrastructure-from-code toolbox [NEW]. Build cloud backends with Infrastructure-from-Code (IfC), a revolutionary technique for generating and updating cloud infrastructure. Try IfC with AWS and Klotho now (Now open-source)

  • jsii

    jsii allows code in any language to naturally interact with JavaScript classes. It is the technology that enables the AWS Cloud Development Kit to deliver polyglot libraries from a single codebase!

    This does not mean you shouldn't use JSON or YAML et al, after all, they are being called the assembly language of the web. Does anyone here want to write x86 NASM or Intel-based assembly? Then don't! Work in a higher-level language like TypeScript/JavaScript, Python, C# family, Java, or soon GoLang. I'm betting Rust is next. All of these are in reach due to projen being based on JSII.

  • cdk8s

    Define Kubernetes native apps and abstractions using object-oriented programming [Moved to:] (by awslabs)

    I would be remiss to not point out that both the Kubernetes CDK, awslabs/cdk8s, and Terraform CDK, hashicorp/terraform-cdk both already use projen.

  • ohmyzsh

    🙃 A delightful community-driven (with 2,100+ contributors) framework for managing your zsh configuration. Includes 300+ optional plugins (rails, git, macOS, hub, docker, homebrew, node, php, python, etc), 140+ themes to spice up your morning, and an auto-update tool so that makes it easy to keep up with the latest updates from the community.

    CLI bash & zsh completion

  • awesome-projen

    P6M7G8's Awesome Projen

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