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Serverless Budget Calculator with Amplify DataStore


Example of running App:

Example of Running App

Amplify DataStore is a persistent on-device storage repository for developers to write, read, and observe changes to data. 

Amplify DataStore allows developers to write apps leveraging distributed data without writing additional code for offline or online scenario. 

Amplify DataStore can be used as a stand-alone local datastore in web and mobile applications, with no connection to the cloud, or the need to have an AWS Account.

However, when used with a cloud backend, Amplify DataStore transparently synchronizes data with an AWS AppSync API when network connectivity is available. 

Amplify DataStore automatically versions data, implements conflict detection and resolution in the cloud using AppSync. The toolchain also generates object definitions for my programming language based on the GraphQL schema developers provide.

This tutorial describes simple data manipulation on Amplify DataStore as described here:

These code snippets are the main Amplify DataStore interaction between Front-End React.JS and Amplify Datastore: Query, Save, Delete, Update, and Delete All.

// Amplify Datastore Functions
async function listExpenses() {
const expenses = await DataStore.query(Expense, Predicates.ALL);

async function addExpense (id) {
await Expense({id: uuidv4(), charge: charge, amount: amount}))

async function removeExpense(id) {
const toDelete = await DataStore.query(Expense, id);

async function updateExpense(id) {
const toUpdate = await DataStore.query(Expense, id);
await, updated => {updated.charge = charge; updated.amount = amount}))

const clearItems = () => {
//setExpenses is a function(), feed empty array\[\]
DataStore.delete(Expense, Predicates.ALL)
handleAlert({type: "danger", text: "items cleared"})

useEffect(() => {listExpenses()}, \[expenses\])

Follow below step-by-step approach to reproduce the App and learn.


Install Amplify CLI

npm i -g @aws-amplify/cli

Create a new react app, clone from the repository

git clone

cd budgetcalc-amplify-datastore

Add DataStore to your app

Add support for datastore, it creates the API for you (there is no need to type amplify add api after this)

npx amplify-app

Check GraphQL schema here

cat amplify/backend/api/amplifyDatasource/schema.graphql

type Expense @model {
id: ID!
charge: String!
amount: String!

Add dependencies

npm i @aws-amplify/core @aws-amplify/datastore 

Run modelgen

Model-Gen generates code to implement language specific model classes.

npm run amplify-modelgen

At this stage, you can already use the app in standalone mode. No AWS Account is required. However, you can continue with below steps to utilize cloud backend.

Create the cloud-based backend

npm run amplify-push

Implement & Start the App

# start the app, your browser should open the app at https://localhost:3000
npm start


At the end of your test, you can delete the backend infrastructure

amplify delete

You might need to manually delete two Amazon S3 buckets created. In the AWS Console, search for the two buckets having datastore part of their name.

Optional - Amplify Console for CI/CD

You can host your app using Amplify Console for CI/CD purposes. First create a repository on Github for example, then commit your changes.

yourappfolder$ git init
yourappfolder$ git add .
yourappfolder$ git commit -m "first commit"
yourappfolder$ git remote add origin
yourappfolder$ git push -u origin master

Initiate Amplify Console by using:

amplify add hosting

The following Amplify Console will show, browser fired up to choose your Github repository, follow the wizard to proceed with Amplify Console (Managed hosting with custom domains, Continuous deployment).

Amplify Console, Build in Progress...

Once build and deploy phase completed, Amplify Console will provide URI to your hosted application, for example:

Example of Running App, Deployed by Amplify Console via commit on GitHub

Every-time you commit your code change to the GitHub master branch, Amplify Console will automatically deploy your change and verify how the App will look on multiple devices.

Amplify Console completed CI/CD pipeline

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