Top Links from Issue #276

This issue was published on April 23, 2024

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Most Popular Links

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Parser (Zod) by Amazon Web Services
This utility provides data validation and parsing using Zod. Zod is a TypeScript-first schema declaration and validation library.


Advanced AWS Lambda — An Obscure Feature You Must Absolutely Use by ifezouani ilyass
If you have ever worked as a Cloud or DevOps engineer, you might have created an AWS Lambda function once or twice before.


Using CloudFront functions as a REST API
While writing an AWS Step Function, I needed to sort an array of objects by an object path -- something that was beyond the ability of the built-in intrinsic functions. It was easily done with a Lambda, but that struck me as overkill.


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The Serverless Illusion by Gregor Hohpe
Obviously, serverless technologies aren’t an illusion. They are quite real. AWS kicked off serverless in 2014 with the launch of Lambda, which remains the category-defining service to date.

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.

How to handle execution timeouts in AWS Step Functions
Step Functions lets you set a timeout on Task states and the whole execution. By default, a Task state times out after 60 seconds. But an execution can run for a year if no TimeoutSeconds is configured. To a user, the execution would appear as “stuck”.

Amazon Bedrock model evaluation is now generally available by Jeff Barr
The Amazon Bedrock model evaluation capability that we previewed at AWS re:Invent 2023 is now generally available.

AWS CloudFormation ChangeSets now offer enhanced change visibility for deployments
AWS CloudFormation enhances ChangeSets to provide a detailed preview of the actions that CloudFormation will take in a deployment. This launch helps improve your ability to assess whether a deployment will cause unintended changes to running resources.

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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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