#87 — February 8, 2019

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▶  A Deep Dive Into Lambda Layers and the Lambda Runtime API — Slightly annoying audio but otherwise a solid talk (and very helpful slides) from an AWS developer advocate on serverless architectures and how Lambda’s newest Layers feature helps you structure things more logically and avoid repetition. If you use AWS Lambda and you haven’t touch Layers yet, this will be very helpful.

Chris Munns

Video for Serverless: Build Video in Just Two API Calls — Mux Video is an API-first platform, powered by data and designed by video experts to make beautiful video possible for every development team.

Mux sponsor

Ride the Serverless Wave with DigitalOcean's One-Click Droplet — This is more about OpenFaaS than DigitalOcean - they simply offer a VM image that gets you running on OpenFaas quickly. But this is otherwise a neat walk through the process of quickly deploying a function on an OpenFaaS server, as simply as possible.

Richard Gee

You Can Now Develop and Test AWS Step Functions Workflows Locally — You can now use a local version of AWS Step Functions (called AWS Step Functions Local) to develop and test your workflows - it’s available as a JAR package or a Docker image.

Amazon Web Services

Braintree Introduces 'Serverless Payment Functions' — Braintree, a division of PayPal, has built a serverless payment functions platform so merchants can build and host functionality right at the payment provider itself. (I wonder if ultimately things like this could help merchants avoid PCI compliance issues.)

Ryan Burke

🚧 The 'Building Stuff with Serverless' Zone

Throttling Third-Party API Calls with AWS Lambda — All third-party APIs have limits, so how can we handle them with serverless applications that have a much higher scale? Jeremy builds an interesting solution that he calls the Lambda Orchestrator.

Jeremy Daly

Building a Real-Time GraphQL API with Serverless Logic using Hasura — Coming from a developer advocate at Hasura, who build an open source Postgres-based GraphQL server, this tutorial covers the basics pretty well.

Vladimir Novick

Monitor AWS Lambda Usage and Performance — Track latency and errors for all your functions, and send custom metrics to Datadog with minimal instrumentation. Try Datadog free.

Datadog sponsor

How to Unwrap an AggregateException Thrown by AWS Lambda — One for the C# developers among you.

Zac Charles

Massively Parallel Hyperparameter Optimization on AWS Lambda — Bustle, a publisher aimed at women, uses AWS Lambda to train text classification models for its automated article tagging and labelling system.

Michael Hart

Serverless at Scale: Serving StackOverflow-like Traffic — A multi-cloud benchmarking attempt. “During the experiment, sample StackOverflow pages were built and served from AWS Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, and Azure Functions at the rate of up to 1000 pageviews per second.”

Mikhail Shilkov

💡 Opinion corner

What Comes After Serverless? — Thinking out loud about a deployless future (and what that means for container images).

Julian Friedman

Businesses Are Overcoming Challenges with Serverless — Is 2019 the year of serverless? Yes, says John Demian.

John Demian / JAXenter

Debunking Serverless Tropes — A brief and somewhat tongue-in-cheek attempt to obliterate 5 useless serverless cliches.

Ryan Marsh fun