Serverless Picks of the Week
Issue #118: Serverless maturity and continued evolution
This week's newsletter is authored by Lee Gilmore.

Serverless Superhero

Our serverless superhero this week is Mark Sailes. He is a Senior Specialist Solutions Architect at AWS with a lens of serverless, an international speaker, blogger, and the key driver behind Lambda SnapStart. We salute you as our serverless superhero this week!

Thank you Mark for everything that you do for our community!


David Behroozi wrote an excellent article on using DynamoDB as a Secrets Manager. In his tutorial and example code repository, he explains how DynamoDB can offer the same benefits as Secrets Manager but at a fraction of the cost, with increased scalability, and reduced latency.

Jason Stehle covers using Document Chat with the Amazon Bedrock Converse API, which shows us how to send various document types directly to Amazon Bedrock for processing. Very cool!

Interesting Content

Jeff Barr this week discussed optimizing Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) for speed and scale, where AWS recently improved key areas such as scale, security, and reduced latency. SQS currently processes 100 million messages per second at peak times and has processed 744.9 trillion requests since the recent changes.

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between events and streaming data in AWS? Jimmy Dahlqvist covers this in detail in his latest article, describing events as changes in a systems state, and data streams being a continuous flow of information over time.

Andres Moreno and Julian Wood discussed the AWS Lambda Internals on the Believe In Serverless live stream that is now available on YouTube.


In season 2 episode 9 of the Ready, Set, Cloud podcast, Yan Cui and our very own Allen Helton discussed becoming a full-time serverless content creator, serverless consultancy, and the use of AI in content generation. This is a must listen!

Tip of the Week

This was a great post by Julian Wood especially aimed at the serverless naysayers, showing not only the maturity of serverless, but also that it is still evolving, growing, and getting better.

New Releases

Last Words

To finish up this week, I wanted to say how proud I am of our amazing community, and how closely we support, value, and engage with each other. It is still refreshing years later to see this happening daily, regardless if you think serverless is dead or not!

If you haven’t already, go check out the Believe in Serverless Discord where a lot of us hang out.

If you’d like to make a recommendation for the serverless superhero or for an article you found especially useful, send Allen a message on Twitter, LinkedIn, or email.

Happy coding!


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