Serverless Picks of the Week
Issue #63: New AWS Heroes and a Guest Editor

This weeks newsletter is authored by Matt Martz (martzcodes) while Allen is out on vacation.

Serverless Superhero

Our serverless superhero this week is Alex Wood! Alex is a Senior Software Engineer (AWS Serverless Developer Experience) at AWS and has been there for over 12 years. He is an OG. He spearheaded the ruby SDK and was recently a guest on the AWS Developers Podcast.


In this post, Pubudu Jayawardana (an AWS Community Builder) explores how lambda concurrency is determined when a SQS FIFO queue is configured as the source. He gives a nice description with examples on key aspects of this flow, and even includes CDK code to go along with it.

Interesting Reads

AWS Serverless Hero Yan Cui writes another great post on Choreography vs Orchestration in the land of serverless. He discusses when you should use one over the other (or even when to use both).


In episode 86 of the AWS Developers Podcast Dave and Emily interview our serverless superhero of the week, Alex Wood. Alex is a Senior Software Engineer at AWS in the Serverless Developer Experience space. They talk about IAM and Resource Policies and give a quick walkthrough on AWS Serverless Connectors.

SHAMELESS SELF PLUG ALERT: I (Matt Martz) have been recording a weekly 10 minute-long podcast related to serverless. It is a satire inspired by “The Colbert Report” of the early 2000s. The episodes are written as a collaboration with ChatGPT. Serverless Cult Podcast - Episode 3: Embracing the Divine Power of Serverless. Serverless be with you. 🙏

New Releases

Congratulations to the 10 new AWS Heroes that were announced this week. They are all excellent choices and I can’t wait to see their continued contributions to the community! (They were all AWS Community Builders :))

AWS announced a new set of APIs for SQS Dead-Letter Queue Redrive. Queue redrive can help simplify your code by enabling the original queue to attempt to re-process messages.

Amazon Redshift Serverless now supports query scheduling and Single sign-on support


In this week’s spotlight, Lars Jacobsson was inspired by an SST feature for debugging lambdas and he converted it for use with AWS SAM (which I know Allen is a big fan of 😅).

Check out Lars’ lambda-debug project which doesn’t require code changes and only needs some minor config. He plans to add support for CDK in the future.

Tip of the Week

AWS Community Builders applications will be re-opening in July. Join the waitlist and start brushing up on your application!

Last Words

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!

Allen Matt

P.S. You can follow me on Twitter or other socials as martzcodes. And check out my Serverless Cult Podcast

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