Top Links from Issue #263

This issue was published on January 23, 2024

A Post-Serverless Era? 🔮

In this issue, we get another serverless vector database, AWS Step Functions adds even more integrations, and Bun angers every jQuery developer. Read the full issue...

Most Popular Links

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Serverless Fitness Functions: What they are, and how to use them in the AWS CDK by Serverless Advocate
Picture your serverless system as a living entity, constantly adjusting and growing. In the world of evolutionary architecture, think of a fitness function as the vital signs for this service, ensuring it is working as you designed it, and as it changes, that it doesn’t degrade.


Six Costly Findings in AWS Serverless Computing by Miguel A. Calles
Miguel A. Calles I’ve worked in serverless computing for over five years and wanted to share some lessons learned.


Event Driven Architecture (EDA): Demystifying EDA by Robert Bulmer
Event Driven Architecture (EDA) is a software engineering design pattern that decouples communication between applications and as we will see is particularly useful with microservice architectures.


Introducing the Bun Shell
The Bun Shell is a new experimental embedded language and interpreter in Bun that allows you to run cross-platform shell scripts in JavaScript & TypeScript. Using Bun Shell feels like regular JavaScript. You can redirect stdout to buffers:


Build & Deploy Tips(The Ultimate Guide to AWS Lambda Development Chapter 2) by George Mao
Chapter 1 of this guide focused on themes you should follow during your development lifecycle. This chapter focuses on things that can help you build and deploy more efficient Lambda packages. There are 3 themes we will walk through: Minimize, Optimize, Remove. Lets go!

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.

Rust and Lambda Performance by Benjamen Pyle
I made a statement on LinkedIn that if you have enough traffic hitting your Lambdas you might want to consider a different programming language. And if you’ve been reading my content lately, you won’t be surprised that I suggested Rust as that alternative.

AWS Step Functions adds integration for 33 services including Amazon Q
AWS Step Functions expands its AWS SDK integrations with support for 33 additional AWS services including Amazon Q, AWS B2B Data Interchange, and Amazon CloudFront KeyValueStore.

Embarking on the AWS App Runner Journey by Lilupa Karu
In our nature, there’s an inherent inclination to choose the easiest route — a tendency that might be a gift from the universe. The universe, it appears, operates on a core principle: accomplishing tasks with the least amount of energy.

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About the Author

Jeremy is the CEO and Founder of Ampt 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 conferences around the world.


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