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AWS Cloud Offers Open Source Visual Studio Team Services Tools

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) this week announced free open source tools for working with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).

The new AWS Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services offering is available in the Visual Studio Marketplace. Its description reads: "Tasks for Amazon S3, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS Lambda and AWS CloudFormation and more, and running commands in the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell module and the AWS CLI."

Setting Up a Task
[Click on image for larger view.] Setting Up a Task (source: AWS).
"You can use these tasks in build and release pipelines hosted within VSTS and Team Foundation Server to interact with AWS services," AWS said in a blog post Tuesday.

Specifically, the marketplace entry says it lets developers do tasks such as:

  • Create an AWS credentials connection
  • Transfer files to and from Amazon S3 buckets
  • Deploy .NET Core serverless applications or standalone functions to AWS Lambda
  • Invoke an AWS Lambda function
  • Create/update AWS CloudFormation stacks
  • Deploy to AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  • Deploy to Amazon EC2 with AWS CodeDeploy
  • Send a message to a Simple Notification Service Topic or Simple Queue Service Queue
  • Run AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell scripts
  • Run AWS CLI commands

The AWS post detailed how to configure and use a task, and promised more guidance to come in future posts.

The open source code for the tools package can be found on GitHub, where AWS asked developers to provide feedback on the project.

About the Author

David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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