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Joel
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Using aws-specific variables instead of 'Fn::Join'

As promised, I am starting with the documentation of my journey through AWS and the serverless framework so I can reference these things in the future and also help someone else along the way :)

So these posts will be super short and to the point. What I want to show today is configuring arns using the AWS variables in the serverless framework. Now a common way to configure the arn for a SNS topic inside the serverless yml/ts file using Fn::Join would be something like the below:

NB: NOTICE_ARN would be like an environment variable here

NOTICE_ARN: {
        'Fn::Join': [
          ':',
          [
            'arn:aws:sns',
            { Ref: 'AWS::Region' },
            { Ref: 'AWS::AccountId' },
            'user-notice-${self:provider.stage}'
          ]
        ]
      }
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But you can avoid the Fn::Join by simply putting everything into one string like so:

NOTICE_ARN: 'arn:aws:sns:${aws:region}:${aws:accountId}:user-notice-${self:provider.stage}'
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And thats it! Nicer, cleaner and it works offline with serverless offline too :) Previoulsy, in the environment variable, the value would be [Object Object] but now you would have a nice string with those aws values filled in.

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