Top Links from Issue #271

This issue was published on March 19, 2024

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Most Popular Links

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Lambda Environment Variables' Impact on Coldstarts
Did you know that setting environment variable on a Lambda function could increase coldstart times over 20 ms? In this post, I'll talk about how I discovered this and when it matters.


Build your own little AWS Console in CDK with Buttonize
We are proud to announce the launch of, the easiest way to hook up UI components directly to AWS Lambda functions.


Meet DBOS: A Database Alternative to Kubernetes  by Joab Jackson
Turing Award laureate Dr. Mike Stonebrakerjust keeps on inventing databases. Forty years ago, it was the first relational system, Ingress, and thirty years ago, it was PostgreSQL, More recently, he co-created an in-memory transactional database system, VoltDB.


The Serverless Framework – Makes it easy to use AWS Lambda and other managed cloud services to build applications that auto-scale, cost nothing when idle, and boast radically low maintenance.


Run and manage open source InfluxDB databases with Amazon Timestream by Donnie Prakoso
Starting today, you can use InfluxDB as a database engine in Amazon Timestream. This support makes it easy for you to run near real-time time-series applications using InfluxDB and open source APIs, including open source Telegraf agents that collect time-series observations.

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.

The bane of AWS Lambda Coldstarts
Coldstarts of AWS lambdas are the bane of my existence, are they for you? I often find that the coldstart delay degrades the user experience, and while it seems like they should be very avoidable because the coldstarts should not be exposed to end users, they end up being a little difficult to see t

Amazon Timestream for InfluxDB is now generally available
Today, AWS announces the general availability of Amazon Timestream for InfluxDB, a new time-series database engine.

AWS CloudFormation accelerates dev-test cycle with new validation checks for stack operations
AWS CloudFormation improves its deployment experience to validate customer stack operation upfront for invalid resource property errors. Customers get early feedback that their stack operation will fail due to issues such as spelling errors in their template.

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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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