Upgrading Guide

Upgrading Jets to some releases require blue-green deployments. Here’s a list of releases where it’s required:

Blue-Green Releases

The following table summarizes the releases that require blue-green deployments.

Version Notes
0.10.0 Bug fix: CloudFormation routing logical ids changed to allow multiple routes to point to the same controller action. Also removed the managed Jets::WelcomeController and consolidated to the managed Jets::PublicController. Refer to Upgrade Details.
0.9.0 CloudFormation Logical ids changed to be more concise.

Upgrade Details

The following section provides a little more detail on each version upgrade. Note, not all versions required more details.

0.10.0

In this version, the managed Jets::WelcomeController was removed. This means you’ll have to update your config/routes.rb. Replace:

root "jets/welcome#index"

With:

root "jets/public#show"

Reasons

The reason a blue-green deployment sometimes required is that enough of Jets has changed where a regular CloudFormation stack update rolls back. An example is in v0.9.0, Jets changes a few of the CloudFormation logical ids. In this case, CloudFormation fails to create Lambda functions with the same name and switch over to them because the Lambda functions already exist with their old logical ids. If you’re seeing the CloudFormation stack rollback after upgrading, you might want to try a blue-green deployment.

It is easy to do a blue-green deployment with Jets, and you will only need to do a blue-green deployment once after upgrading Jets for that version. Once done, you can normally deploy again.

Important: With blue-green deployments, the API Gateway endpoint will change. Any applications referencing the endpoint will need to be updated. For this reason, it is recommended to use an API Gateway Custom Domain, so you do not have to update the endpoint in the future.

In-Place Deploy

Here’s a typical in-place deploy:

cd demo # your project
bundle update
jets deploy # in place deploy

Blue-Green Deployment

For a blue-green deployment, you use JETS_ENV_EXTRA to create a brand new Jets environment. You then switch to it and destroy the old environment. First, create the new environment:

cd demo # your project
bundle update
JETS_ENV_EXTRA=2 jets deploy # creates an additional jets environment for your app

Then update the Gateway API Custom Domain to point to the newly deployed JETS_ENV_EXTRA=2 environment.

Gateway API Custom Domain

  1. Test the new environment and make sure you’re happy with it.
  2. Go to API Gateway Console.
  3. Click on Custom Domains.
  4. Find the Custom domain you are currently using and click on it.
  5. Update the custom domain so it points to the newly created Jets environment.
  6. Make sure there’s no traffic hitting the old Jets environment. You can do this by checking out the CloudWatch metrics. Nothing should be hitting it aside from the pre-warming requests. You can disable the pre-warming requests manually by using the CloudWatch console also.
  7. Destroy the old environment.

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