AWS CodeBuild vs Azk: What are the differences?
Developers describe AWS CodeBuild as "Build and test code with continuous scaling". AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers. On the other hand, Azk is detailed as "A lightweight open source engine to orchestrate development environments". azk lets developers easily and quickly install and configure development environments on their computers.
AWS CodeBuild belongs to "Continuous Integration" category of the tech stack, while Azk can be primarily classified under "Virtual Machine Management".
Azk is an open source tool with 896 GitHub stars and 61 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Azk's open source repository on GitHub.
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The open-source Convox Platform-as-a-Service is built entirely on AWS cloud services.
Through this lens, it's been obvious that AWS has been missing a managed build service. For the past year we've had to work around this by building our own build service on ECS and ECR. You can read more on my AWS Missing Parts: Build Service blog post.
So I'm excited to finally have this service. After a quick weekend prototype, the service works as expected and will unlock Cheaper, Faster and Safer Builds for our systems.
This is a classic AWS service. It's tricky to figure out all the options. I recommend jumping straight to the Docker example docs:
You'll need to figure IAM, Build Project JSON, and Build Spec YAML to get it all working.
But once you do, you've unlocked managed builds on small, medium or large compute types. No instances required!