Top Links from Issue #273

This issue was published on April 2, 2024

Some Serverless Competition 🏁

In this issue, Cloudflare continues to raise the serverless bar, CloudFormation gets better visualizations, and we learn how Lambda keeps secrets. Read the full issue...

Most Popular Links

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Ultimate guide to secrets in Lambda by AJ Stuyvenberg
We all have secrets. Some are small secrets which we barely hide (sometimes I roll through stop signs on my bike). Others are so sensitive that we don’t even want to think about them (serverless actually has servers).


How to Hack (and secure) Serverless Applications
Serverless does not mean there is no server. It just means you don't manage it. But even though you don't manage it, doesn't mean it's completely secure. In this article, we will take a deeper look at how Serverless workloads get hacked, and what you can do about it.


AWS CloudFormation Console now supports visualization of stacks in Application Composer
Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. launches the general availability of AWS Application Composer in the AWS CloudFormation console. Application Composer helps you visually compose and configure AWS services into modern applications backed by infrastructure as code.


Streamlining Event-Driven Architecture Documentation with Event Catalog: A Step-by-Step Guide by Daniel Castillo
A known challenge when implementing EDA is when you want to know which are the events that are being published in your system in order to consume them. Are they documented somewhere? Probably not.


Cloudflare Workers vs AWS Lambda with New Pricing from Cloudflare by Emily Dunenfeld
Cloudflare recently unveiled new pricing for Cloudflare Workers. Previously, pricing compared with AWS Lambda has been fairly neck and neck, making the choice between the serverless services a matter of specific use cases and preferences.

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.

In this article, we cover serverless domain adapters for your central integration layer, with examples written in TypeScript and the AWS CDK. by Serverless Advocate
In this series, we are going to build out a serverless-based integration layer for our fictitious company ‘LJ Audio’ which sits between all of our domain-based services, COTS products, and what could be on-premise solutions.

Using Step Functions to handle feature flags
We use feature flags to control how we release parts of a product. Instead of adding conditional statements in the code, we can use Step Functions to decide if the feature flag is enabled. 1. The scenario Bob’s company has a popular application and wants to release a new feature.

Infrastructure as Code Is Dead: Long Live Infrastructure from Code by Asif Awan
As we’ve modernized computing at scale, configuration management tools arose to simplify and standardize infrastructure management. As organizations moved to the cloud, the provisioning and managing requirements exploded exponentially, making previously manual tasks almost impossible.

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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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