Serverless Picks of the Week
Issue #22: New Heroes in Town!

Serverless Superhero

This week our serverless superhero is Sarah Hamilton, software engineer at The LEGO group and AWS Community Builder. Sarah is a serverless leader; writing blog posts, giving talks at conferences, and engaging with the community on Twitter. Don’t miss her talk this Thursday on advanced event-driven architectures. Thank you Sarah, for everything you do!


Lambda function urls made waves when they were released back in April. By now the dust has settled and the use cases and best practices are starting to emerge. Tomasz Łakomy shares with us a brilliant article where he teaches us how to build a function url with the CDK, explains the auth options, and offers direct comparisons between a function behind API Gateway and a function url.

Speaking of Lambda functions, Ajay Wadhara walks us through 7 Lambda function best practices. He gives us tips on how to avoid issues and examples on how to implement the best practices. Definitely worth reviewing if you’re approaching a production go-live event.

With best practices on the mind, I (Allen Helton) wrote about best practices for building serverless microservices. Everyone seems to do things a little differently, so I offered some tips to start converging on ideas.

New Releases

AWS announced the newest Heroes last week. Four new heroes were added, Alexey Grigorev, Liz Fong-Jones, Scott Hsieh, and me! Congratulations to everyone and I appreciate all your continued efforts to help the community.

Good Reads

Alex Debrie brings us his thoughts and opinions on Serverless Framework vs the CDK. This is a thoughtful piece that shares Alex’s qualifications, the types of projects he builds, and compares the CDK with Serverless Framework directly. I get a vibe in regard to building with the CDK of “just because you could, doesn’t mean you should”. I’m a SAM user myself, so this article makes me feel like I’m not alone amongst the great CDK migration.


A couple newsletters ago, we had an article providing tips on building serverless multi-tenant applications. Last week, Khawaja Shams wrote an amazing follow up with his thoughts on multi-tenancy. This talks about the benefits of multi-tenancy and what it enables at scale. Khawaja gives an insightful look at how DynamoDB has innovated in the space and how it became what it is today because of multi-tenancy.

Last Words

To say that I am ecstatic to become an AWS Serverless Hero is an understatement. I love both teaching and learning from the community so much, it has helped shape me both professionally and personally. I wouldn’t be here without the incredible serverless community and the help from my amazing team. Thank you all. For everything.

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

Happy Coding!


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