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CAST supports DynamoDB via its Shell extension. Details about how this support is provided for Shell source code is discussed below.


Objects created specific for DynamoDB AWS service interpretation:

IconMetamodel Name

Shell AWS DynamoDB Database

Shell AWS DynamoDB Table

Shell AWS Unknown DynamoDB Table

Supported versions


Supported commands


All commands listed below have as callerShell Program or Function and as callee a SHELL AWS (Unknown) DynamoDB Table.

API (with CRUD links)Link TypeRemark
aws dynamodb get-itemuseSelectLink
aws dynamodb scanuseSelectLink
aws dynamodb queryuseSelectLink
aws dynamodb create-backupuseSelectLink
aws dynamodb batch-get-itemuseSelectLinkOnly inline json input data supported
aws dynamodb batch-write-itemuseInsertLink, useDeleteLinkOnly inline json input data supported
aws dynamodb restore-table-to-point-in-time

useSelectLink, useInsertLink

aws dynamodb restore-table-from-backupuseUpdateLink
aws dynamodb delete-tableuseDeleteLink
aws dynamodb delete-itemuseDeleteLink
aws dynamodb transact-write-itemsuseUpdateLink, useDeleteLinkOnly inline json input data supported
aws dynamodb update-itemuseUpdateLink
aws dynamodb update-tableuseUpdateLink
aws dynamodb put-itemuseUpdateLink, useInsertLink
aws dynamodb create-tableA DynamoDB table is created 
aws dynamodb create-global-tableA DynamoDB table is created 

What results can you expect?

A DynamoDB Table object can be created by two different situations. In the first one, explicit creation of tables is detected by the presence of create-table or create-global-table commands and therefore bookmarked to the corresponding command string. In the second situation, there is no explicit table creation, but references to tables are present in different commands. In this case, a DynamoDB Table object is created by reference and all references are bookmarked into the object.

When the name of a table is not resolved (either because of absence of information or technical limitations) a Shell AWS Unknown DynamoDB Table is created instead. A single unknown table is created per project.

Below we illustrate the expected results with various examples. The code samples used are adaptations from available examples in official AWS documentation pages.

Example 1

The following code in a file contains a single aws-dynamodb command enclosed in a Shell Function (GetItem) requesting an item from a DynamoDB table of name ProductCatalog:


GetItem () {
   aws dynamodb get-item --table-name ProductCatalog --key '{"Id": {"N": "102"}}' --projection-expression "#T, #C, #P" --expression-attribute-names file://names.json

As a result, a Shell AWS DynamobDB Table is created after the reference to the table, together with a parent Shell AWS DynamoDB Database objet. A link is also created of type useSelectLink between the caller GetItem function and the table. 

Note that a single Shell AWS DynamoDB Database objet is created per project (if Shell AWS DynamoDB Tables are present).

Example 2

The following code in a file contains a single aws-dynamodb command enclosed in a Shell Function (TransactWriteItems2) writing and deleting items (details are omitted for simplicity) from a DynamoDB table of name MusicCollection:


TransactWriteItems2() {
   aws dynamodb transact-write-items --transact-items '[{"Update": {"TableName": "MusicCollection"}},{"Delete": {"TableName": "MusicCollection"}}]' --return-consumed-capacity TOTAL --return-item-collection-metrics SIZE

The references to the table are inside the  --transact-items argument given as a json string together with the actions (Update, Delete). The analyzer will parse the json input string and create the corresponding objects and links (useUpdateLink and useDeleteLink):


Using external .json files as inputs is not yet supported (ex. --transact-items file://transact-items.json)

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