New Resource APIs in Version 2 of the #AWS #SDK for #Ruby

We are launching a preview of a new, resource-style API model for the AWS SDK for Ruby.
I will summarize the preview here, and refer you to the post
AWS SDK for Ruby 2 Preview Release on the
AWS Ruby Development Blog for full information!

If you’ve used Version 1 of the for , you are likely
already familiar with resource objects available for a number of
services. These resource objects allow you to work with AWS resources
as Ruby objects with attributes that are automatically loaded from
the service and instance methods that map to API
actions that can be taken on the resource.
The interface also provides collection classes for easy
iteration.

With the lessons learned from resource objects in Version 1, we’re
now introducing improved resource APIs in the Version 2 of the
SDK. We have made three big changes to the model.

First, resource objects now hold on to metadata retrieved from the
service until explicitly reloaded by the user. This provides more
control over network calls made by the SDK and helps users avoid
unwanted or unnecessary HTTP requests. Second, we are newly
introducing resource waiters, which allow you to wait on a resource
to reach a specified state. Third, the resource objects are now
data-driven by models defined in JSON. This allows a more structured
and consistent definition of resource objects across different AWS
services. Additionally, because we plan to share the same models in
AWS SDKs for other languages, customers who need to work with
multiple languages will be able to easily go from one language to
another and work with similar resource definitions in the future.

Here’s an example of using a resource object representing an EC2
instance, along with a waiter method wait_until_stopped (new in the
Version 2 SDK):

  instance = ec2.instance('i-1234567') # Get reference to instance
  instance.stop # Stop instance
  instance.wait_until_stopped # Wait until instance is stopped
  puts instance.id + 'has been stopped.'

The resource APIs and resource waiters are now available for the following 6
services in the Version 2 preview release of the SDK for Ruby:
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon Glacier, Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), and Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS). The SDK
is also available as a Ruby Gem that can be installed as follows:

$ gem install aws-sdk –-pre

We plan to introduce resource APIs for additional services and AWS
SDKs for other languages in the future, so stay tuned and happy
coding!

Jeff;

PS – To learn more about Resource APIs, visit the AWS Ruby Development Blog.

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