A couple of weeks ago AWS released a new feature to CloudFormation. Macros, a way to transform your template. This is the same technology that power the Serverless Application Model (SAM).
This release is a real game changer and this will make my life so much easier.
Why is this such a game changer then?
During the years that I have been using CloudFormation to create and handle my infrastructure I have written so many rows of boiler plate code. Adding the same sections to resources over and over again. Tags is one example, I always add a Name, Cost Allocation and Application Tag. Writing this over and over again is so annoying. With a special macro I would only need to add something like this: