Manage Devices Apple How AWS CodeStar Is Helping Java Developers

At present, programmers use Java programming language for building a variety of software – desktop GUI applications, websites, web applications and Android mobile apps. But the Java programmers need robust development tools to meet the emerging software trends efficiently. These tools and frameworks also help programmers to simplify and speed up Java application development. Many programmers nowadays look for innovative tools to develop, test, and deploy Java applications in the cloud.Amazon recently announced AWS CodeStar as a cloud-based service to simplify software development and deployment on its cloud platform – Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS CodeStar allows programmers to write applications in a several programming languages – Java, Python, Ruby, PHP and JavaScript. Also, it accelerates software delivery by providing project templates and a pre-configured continuous delivery toolchain. The developers can avail the continuous delivery toolchain to build, test, and deploy Java applications on AWS.Features that Make AWS CodeStar Useful for Java ProgrammersProject TemplatesAWS CodeStar allows programmers to write applications in a number of programming languages including Java. Also, it allows developers to used widely used code editors like Eclipse, Visual Studio, and AWS Command Line Interface. The developers can further avail the project templates provided by the cloud service to speedup Java application development and deployment on AWS. For instance, they can manage underlying compute resources efficiently and automatically using a serverless compute service like AWS Lambda. Likewise, they can use a robust virtual computing environment like Amazon EC2 launch varying operating system instances through web service interfaces.


Team Access ManagementAWS CodeStar comes with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). IAM makes it easier for Java programmers to manage developer identities and specify access to compute resources. Based on the security policy of the business, the developers can create varying IAM entities like users, groups, and roles. As the IAM entities will have no default permission, they will remain ineffective till the user grants the desired permissions. IAM makes it easier for enterprises to implement role-based security policies. Also, it allows users to share the project based on three access levels – owners, contributors and viewers.Unified Project DashboardAWS CodeStar comes with a centralized and unified dashboard. The project dashboard makes it easier for developers to track and manage the entire development toolchain efficiently. The Java programmers can use the project dashboard to monitor common activities like code commits, build, tests and deployment. Also, they can make changes to the process immediately to meet the predefined goals. The project dashboard also helps project managers to access updated team information by including a project wiki. The dashboard also helps Java programmers to monitor the tools and services integrated with AWS CodeStar.AWS CodeBuildAWS CodeBuild allows users to avail a managed build service like AWS CodeBuild. The Java programmers can use CodeBuild to compile and package the application code more efficiently. Likewise, they can build, update, and integrate the app code consistently without any delay or hassle. AWS CodeBuild further runs the build scripts for code compilation, testing, and packaging automatically based on the code location and build settings specified by Java programmers.AWS CodePipelineWhile using AWS CodeStar, the Java developers can update application and infrastructure rapidly using AWS CodePipeline. CodePipeline is designed as a service to accelerate continuous integration and continuous delivery. The developers can also use CodePipeline to automate the software release processes fully. Each CodeStar project further comes with an automated pipeline. The pre-configured pipeline makes it easier for programmers to accelerate software delivery by building, testing, and deploying the application code continuously.AWS CodeCommitAWS CodeStar helps programmers to store their application code securely using a scalable and managed source control service like AWS CodeCommit. AWS CodeCommit stores the application code and data in Amazon S3 and Amazon DynamoDB. It further hosts private Git repositories, and allows users to store the app code by creating their own repository. The repositories help programmers to store the app code and data in a secure and scalable environment without investing in additional hardware.


Automated Software DeploymentAWS CodeStar enables Java programmers to update the code and deploy the application easily by availing robust tools like AWS CodeDeploy and CloudFormation. The developers can use AWS CodeDeploy to automate the application deployment process fully. CodeDeploy further helps programmers to launch, monitor, and control the deployment process from a centralized location. At the same time, AWS CloudFormation helps programmers to create and manage collection of compute resources efficiently. The developers can further use CloudFormation to update and scale the AWS resources without putting extra time and effort.However, AWS CodeStar is a commercial cloud service. The existing AWS customers can use AWS CodeStar without incurring additional expenses. But they have to pay for specific AWS services like Amazon S3 buckets and WS Lambda executions. The developers can still avail the features provided by AWS CodeStar to build, test, and deploy Java applications on AWS.

Fear This My Fellow Athlete

Competition is good, just as fear is good – if you will use it to your advantage rather than letting it use you. Fear can frazzle us to make mistakes, become uncertain, and anxious, but fear used to our advantage can propel us to greatness. It’s a double-edged sword. Since fear is internal, you own it, it’s yours to use as you will, if you ignore it, it might hurt you, if you use it, it can help you, give you the edge, especially in competition. How might I know this?

Well, I supposed any seasoned competitor in the human endeavor or athlete understands exactly what I am saying, but in case you need more examples to help you better understand this concept, by all means keep reading.

Recently, I read an interesting article online and watched a great video sponsored by Expert Sports Performance, the video was titled: “How Talented Athletes Deal with Fear,” by Loren Fogelman, a well-known sports psychologist.

In my view I believe that Fear is a wonderful thing, a huge driver of the human psyche, but Loren Fogelman reminds me of the truth that: “it motivates some and stops others dead in their tracks,” which is absolutely a fact.

Still, I believe that if FEAR stops someone from achieving or causes them to choke under pressure, then I would submit to you that:

1.) They don’t understand what fear is; and,
2.) They are not using FEAR as an adrenal shot for peak performance

Well, I say; too bad for them, if they are competing against me or my team. Fear can be a weakness if you let it, or high-octane when you need it, YOU decide which. “It’s all in your head” I always say. Anyway, that’s the way I see it. A great book to read is: “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!” published by in the 80s as a motivational type book.

As a competitive runner, I used to imagine footsteps behind me and ready to pass. Interestingly enough, I was a pretty good athlete so that didn’t happen much, but when it actually did happen it’s a sound you never forget. This imagination during competitive races propelled me to stay on pace or increase my speed opening up a large gap between me and the other runners. Sometimes when I am out training even today, I will listen to my feet hit the trail and pick up the sounds of the echo and amplify them in my brain to simulate those ever-feared footsteps, thus, propelling me to run faster and faster.