Getting Started: Intro to AWS Amplify: build a multi-tenant SaaS app
What is this?
As we get started with the new year I thought I’d take the opportunity to start publishing a different type of article this year. Today begins a new series of articles where I will walk through the process of building out a web application using AWS Amplify. It will be a typical todo application written in React and Node JS and we’ll use the Amplify CLI to configure and deploy it into both a test and production environment.
Due to the size of this project, it is split up into 6 parts, each containing instructions to get your first Amplify project published. I will be releasing the other articles in the coming days and will link to them in the table below.
|Preparation||This article (Current Page) provides an introduction and instructions on creating the required AWS environment.|
|App Setup||This section outlines the steps to set up out new Amplify application and host it in a repository.|
|Deployment Setup||Now that we have our base application configured, we can set up our deployment pipelines|
|Application Development||In this article, we start building out the functionality of our applications|
|Trigger Deployment||Next, we can go ahead and push our changes into our automated pipelines|
|Adding Search||Finally, we can add some search functionality to our application and deploy our changes to production|
What is AWS Amplify
Before we get started
in order to follow along with this series, you’ll need to already have the following:
for the purposes of this series, we will be deploying all of our resources in the us-east-1 region.
The first step once you’ve got your AWS account is to create a Cloud9 instance that will house the project and provide an IDE from which to work. Cloud9 is a cloud-based IDE that allows you to develop applications within your web browser. More information on Cloud9 can be found on its product page.
Step 1: Browse to the Cloud9 Management https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloud9/home/product
Step 2: Create a new Cloud9 environment by clicking the “create environment” button available on the right-hand side of the landing page.
Step 3: Give your environment a name and click “Next step”. For this example, I’m using “Amplify-Workshop”.
Step 4.here we can configure your environment settings, but for this workshop, we will just click the “Next step”.
Step 5: Review the environment details and click “Create environment”.
Step 6: Wait for the creation of your Cloud9 instance to complete. This can take a few minutes.
Step 7: Once you see your new Cloud9 IDE, you’re ready to move onto the next part of the series.
You should now have your AWS account with a Cloud9 instance running in the us-east-1 region. At this point in time, you’re ready to move onto Part 2 of the Series (available here) where we will start to install and configure our new Note taking application.