Top Links from Issue #164

This issue was published on November 16, 2021

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In this issue, Cloudflare steps on the serverless gas, the Serverless Framework gets an overhaul, and something is still unfulfilled with serverless. Read the full issue...

Most Popular Links

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The Infinite Loop of Lost Potential by Corey Quinn
In the past few days, we’ve seen two great essays around the topic of serverless. Both written by people that I respect and admire, these essays got me thinking. The first, “The Unfulfilled Promise of Serverless” by .


The Unfulfilled Potential of Serverless by Jeremy Daly.
Corey Quinn, Cloud Economist (and perpetual thorn in AWS’s side), recently published a post titled The Unfulfilled Promise of Serverless.


Tips to prevent a serverless wreck
Lately I've been involved in reviewing services developed using 'serverless' that had been struggling with performance issues.


The Unfulfilled Promise of Serverless
I suggest that serverless computing, or “serverless” has hype that at this point has outpaced what the technology / philosophy / religion has been promising.


Tobias Schmidt by Tobias Schmidt
Building an event-driven, reliable serverless application is a difficult task 👨‍💻 What's also challenging: monitoring your ever-growing ecosystem of functions ƛ My 𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗴

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.

Getting the most of AWS Lambda free compute - wrapper scripts
Since the service's inception, the AWS Lambda quickly rose to the status of the go-to tool in many developers' toolbelt. This course of events is entirely understandable. A versatile compute platform with per millisecond billing is a dream come true for developers alike.

Serverless Observability: It's easier than you think! by Yan Cui
Observability is a measure of how well the internal state of a system can be inferred from its external outputs. It helps us understand what is happening in our application and troubleshoot problems when they arise.

Serverless Event-Driven Systems 🚀 by Lee James Gilmore
This article aims to cover why you should have an event-driven first mindset when building out your Serverless architectures, and why Amazon EventBridge should underpin them. We will also be covering some of the pitfalls that you can hit when working with eventually consistent event-driven systems.

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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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