Top Links from Issue #264

This issue was published on January 30, 2024

The Cost of Observability 💰

In this issue, we get more serverless patterns, learn why some folks are moving away from the CDK, and learn about the observability cost crisis. Read the full issue...

Most Popular Links

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Moving away from CDK
You might’ve heard that we are working on a new version of SST (called Ion), that’s not based on CDK. In this post we’ll talk about why we are moving away from CDK and what’s going to change. This is going to be a fairly long post, so here’s an outline of what we’ll be covering.


The Cost Crisis in Observability Tooling by Charity Majors
The cost of services is on everybody’s mind right now, with interest rates rising, economic growth slowing, and organizational budgets increasingly feeling the pinch.


Embracing and understanding the Hexagonal Architecture in Serverless Environments
In the evolving, complex, evolutionary scope of of software architecture, the needs for efficiency and scalability is perpetual.


Exploring aws-lite, a Community-Driven JavaScript SDK for AWS by Pat Patterson
One of the benefits of the Backblaze B2 Storage Cloud having an S3 compatible API is that developers can take advantage of the wide range of Amazon Web Services SDKs when building their apps.

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.

Refactoring Applications Visually by Richard Keit
This article assumes basic knowledge of some AWS services like AWS API Gateway and AWS Eventbridge — follow the embedded hyperlinks for further reading.

Power Chat Messages Search with DynamoDB & Amazon OpenSearch
We have built a group chat application that stores chat messages in Amazon DynamoDB and it is running for a few months now. As the application grew, users wanted to be able to search through historical chat messages.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces the Graduation of CloudEvents by PR Newswire
SAN FRANCISCO, /PRNewswire/ -- The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud native software, today announced the graduation of CloudEvents.

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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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