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AWS SDK for JavaScript

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

The AWS SDK for JavaScript is a collection of software tools for the creation of applications and libraries that use Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources. There are separate software development kits (SDKs) for browser-based or server-side JavaScript application development. 

The AWS SDK (software development kit) for browser-based development allows developers to access AWS from JavaScript code running directly in the browser. Web identity federation allows user authentication through Facebook, Google, or Amazon login. 

For server-based applications, developers use the AWS SDK for JavaScript in Node.js. The SDK includes JavaScript objects for connection to important AWS components such as Amazon S3, Amazon SQS, Amazon SNS and DynamoDB.

To use the AWS SDK for JavaScript, developers need only download the appropriate SDK – there are no other software requirements. However, access to the SDK environment requires an AWS account and access keys.

See a video introduction to the AWS SDK for JavaScript:

This was last updated in April 2014

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