Top Links from Issue #143

This issue was published on May 25, 2021

The State of Serverless (2021 Edition) 📊

In this issue, we find out the current state of serverless, AWS realizes devs just want to write code, and the DaaS market gets a new player. Read the full issue...

Most Popular Links

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You should always use DynamoDB global tables now by Bryson Tyrrell
Long had I waited for that day (and those of us who know, know it was a long time).


5 Serverless Plugins Every Developer Should Know by Renesha Joan Marin
API Gateway Caching This improves performance and reduces the traffic sent to your back end. Cache settings allow you to control the way the cache key is built and the time-to-live (TTL) of the data stored for each method.


AWS Announces AWS App Runner
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.


New – AWS App Runner: From Code to a Scalable, Secure Web Application in Minutes by Martin Beeby
Containers have become the default way that I package my web applications.


AWS Lambda Extensions are now Generally Available
AWS Lambda Extensions are a new way to integrate your favorite operational tools for monitoring, observability, security, and governance with AWS Lambda.

Honorable Mentions

There are so many great blog posts, tutorials, use cases, and more shared each week by the #serverless community, that picking just a few to feature is really hard. So here are some other honorable mentions chosen by our readers.

Running containers on Amazon just got easier with AWS App Runner by Mike Wheatley
Amazon Web Services Inc. has just launched a new, fully-managed container application service that developers can use to build, run and deploy containerized applications and application programming interfaces in double-quick time.

Spec your tests before writing them by Paul Swail
If you’re struggling to get developers on your team to write integration or E2E tests when building new features, here’s a quick technique to help. I generally find that the root cause of this is not laziness, but rather that they don’t understand what they should be testing.

Handling Eventual Consistency with Distributed Systems by Mario Bittencourt
At SSENSE, we employ microservices to provide functionality for both our customers and back-office operators. The use of any of the methods above welcomes the fact that the systems are eventually consistent, which presents some challenges that are often overlooked by developers.

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About the Author

Jeremy is the GM of Serverless Cloud at Serverless, Inc. and an AWS Serverless Hero that has a soft spot for helping people solve problems using serverless. He frequently consults with companies and developers transitioning away from the traditional “server-full” approach. You can find him ranting about serverless on Twitter, in several forums and Slack groups, hosting the Serverless Chats podcast, and at (virtual) conferences around the world.


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