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Official node.js AWS SDK released

Elliot Bentley
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Another feather landed in node.js’ cap today as AWS released an official SDK written specifically for the trendy JS-based environment.

Another
feather landed in node.js’ cap today as Amazon Web Services

released an official SDK
written specifically for the trendy
JavaScript-based server environment.

Deployed to the official Node Packaged Modules (npm) repository,
npmjs.org, the SDK so far only
supports four of the most popular Amazon services: S3, EC2,
DynamoDB, and Simple Workflow Service, though more are promised in
the future.

AWS’s SDK joins over sixty AWS-related
modules
already present on the npm
repository
, ranging from a simple “start and stop button for
EC2 instances” to full-blown unofficial APIs. For now, these look
safe: after all, the official SDK only provides access to four
services. Plus, with an open source base, node.js developers can
easily pick up Amazon’s slack.

Andrew Chilton, developer of AwsSum, was similarly positive,
posting
a message
to the AwsSum mailing list saying “competition [..]
makes things better in the long run for everyone concerned” and
insisting that development would continue.

With SDKs already available for Java, Ruby, PHP, .NET, iOS and
Android, adding additional languages is an obvious choice – but
prioritising node.js seems perhaps less so. It may be a reflection
of the increasing popularity of the JavaScript-based environment,
which has so far been written off as ‘the hipster’s choice’ of
server-side languages.

For those interested in the SDK, it’s available on npm now, and there’s
further documentation at aws.amazon.com/sdkfornodejs.

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