Automate React Site Deployments from GitHub to S3 & CloudFront

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In this talk, I will demonstrate how to create a CI/CD pipeline for a React application in AWS. We'll pull the source code from GitHub and run tests against the application before deploying it to an S3 bucket for static site hosting. The site will then be distributed using CloudFront which will point to the S3 bucket. All of the infrastructure will be built using Terraform. In addition, I'll make use of Terragrunt to show how to create this setup for multiple environments.

Lukonde Mwila
Lukonde Mwila
33 min
01 Jul, 2021

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This Talk focuses on automating React deployments to S3 and CloudFront using a CICD pipeline in AWS. It covers setting up the pipeline, sourcing code from GitHub, and configuring infrastructure with Terraform and Terragrunt. The Talk also demonstrates the process of building and deploying a React application using AWS CodeBuild and CodePipeline. Overall, it provides a comprehensive overview of the tools and techniques involved in automating React deployments in AWS.

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1. Introduction

Short description:

I'm going to be speaking to you about automating React deployments to S3 and CloudFront. The main motivation for doing this talk is there is an increasing shift for development teams to optimize their release cycles for quality software in production.

Hi, everyone. Thanks a lot for tuning in to my talk at DevOps.js conference 2021. I'm going to be speaking to you about automating React deployments to S3 and CloudFront. The main motivation for doing this talk is there is an increasing shift for development teams to optimize their release cycles for quality software in production. And CICD is the automated practice that helps software teams accomplish this. However, building pipelines can be a tedious process if you have to do that manually for multiple environments, as well as time consuming, and it doesn't scale very well, especially when this has to be done over and over again.

2. Setting up CICD Pipeline in AWS

Short description:

In this talk, I will walk you through setting up a CICD pipeline for React applications in AWS using codebuild and codepipeline. We will use Terraform and Terragrunt for infrastructure setup. I will demonstrate multiple environment deployment streams and show the final output of three different sites from the same code base. My name is Lukhan Demwila, a senior software engineer at Intellect and an AWS Container Hero.

So, in this talk, I want to go through a detailed code walkthrough of how to set up a CICD pipeline for React applications in AWS, and the CICD tooling that I'm going to be using is our codebuild and codepipeline. Now, the pipeline will pull the source code from a GitHub repository and run tests against that application in the CI stage before deploying it to the S3 bucket, which will then be configured to act as a static site for hosting, and in addition to that, this site will then be distributed using CloudFront and point to the S3 bucket as its origin.

So all of the infrastructure that will be built out will be done using Terraform. And in addition to that, I'm going to be making use of a tool called Terragrunt, which is a Terraform wrapper, and it really helps in terms of having a dry approach to actually just programming your infrastructure. And so that will be very helpful. As you see, we won't have as much code in our code base, even for our infrastructure, which will be very helpful. And this is one of the very good practices when it comes to building out resources like this. And so in the end, I will actually demonstrate for you a multiple environment deployment streams as well as the final output of three different sites from the same code base. And that is something that will be pretty cool to see once everything comes full circle.

Before we go any further, I'm going to start by introducing myself. I am Lukhan Demwila. A lot of people call me Luke. Some people do like to have a little bit of fun and go as far as calling me Skywalker. I'm a senior software engineer at Intellect. I'm also an AWS Container Hero and am five times AWS certified. I currently consult in the financial services sector, primarily working as a cloud and DevOps engineer. Previously, I was involved a lot in application development, both web and mobile, on SaaS products for startups. But I have since transitioned into the more cloud and DevOps space.

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