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Book Review: Mastering AWS CloudFormation

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Looking to take your AWS CloudFormation expertise to the next level? I recently finished reading “Mastering AWS CloudFormation” by Karen Tovmasyan, and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer!

This book goes beyond the basics. Karen dives deep into crafting powerful CloudFormation templates, a crucial skill for automating infrastructure deployments in AWS. The explanations are clear and easy to follow, even for those who are still getting their feet wet with CloudFormation.

Here’s what stood out for me:

Solid Foundation & Template Mastery: The book starts with a strong foundation in CloudFormation concepts, ensuring everyone is on the same page. Karen then dives into the nitty-gritty of crafting powerful CloudFormation templates. This section teaches you how to build reusable and maintainable infrastructure, a valuable skill for any AWS professional.

Hands-on Learning: While I couldn’t personally try all the practice exercises, they look fantastic! These exercises are essential for solidifying your understanding of best practices and preparing for real-world deployments.

Advanced Techniques: The book delves into advanced topics that expand your CloudFormation skillset. You’ll learn how to use CloudFormation with CI/CD pipelines for automated deployments, deploy applications across multiple regions, and even create custom resources to extend CloudFormation’s functionality.

Beyond the Basics: Did you know CloudFormation supports macros and modules? This book has dedicated chapters to these powerful features, along with creating CloudFormation templates using AWS CDK and exploring CloudFormation for serverless applications with AWS SAM.

Overall, “Mastering AWS CloudFormation” is a must-read for anyone who wants to unlock the full potential of CloudFormation for automating and managing their AWS infrastructure. Big thanks to Linda and Packt for providing me with a copy of this fantastic book!

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P.S. If you’re working with AWS CloudFormation, I highly recommend checking out this book! It’s a fantastic resource for learning best practices and advanced techniques.


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Gineesh Madapparambath is the founder of techbeatly and he is the co-author of The Kubernetes Bible, Second Edition. and the author of 𝗔𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹-𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. He has worked as a Systems Engineer, Automation Specialist, and content author. His primary focus is on Ansible Automation, Containerisation (OpenShift & Kubernetes), and Infrastructure as Code (Terraform). (aka Gini Gangadharan -


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