Serverless Picks of the Week
Issue #9: Memorial Day Issue

Serverless Superhero

This week our superhero is Danielle Heberling a software engineer at Tango and AWS Community Builder. She is active in the serverless community and a tech blogger as well. She gave a talk at CDK day last week on her journey from SAM to CDK. Thank you Danielle for all your contributions to the community!

Tutorials

Serverless log management can be just as difficult as it is important. David Krohn hooks us up with a way to normalize logs from several services. Normalizing the logs helps to query using Athena, and offers quick turnaround when digging into an issue.

Whether you’re building a new app from the ground up or have an app that’s been in production a while, it’s never too late to optimize (it might be too early, sometimes). I talk about quick optimizations for serverless applications that involve much more than changing the memory on your Lambda functions.

Serverless calls for many opportunities for you to decide if you want to use orchestration or choreography. Sometimes that’s an easy choice, sometimes it can be more difficult. This video from the serverless expeditions team at Google Cloud talks about the difference between the two and when you should use one or the other.

Database

Sam from Complete Coding walks us through getting started with DynamoDB streams in his video. He talks about why you should use streams and offers an example using the Serverless Framework.

Rakshesh Shah provides us a detailed design for a job scheduler using DynamoDB. He gives us a high level glimpse before diving deep into the details.

Spotlight

If you’ve been deciding whether or not it was time to pull the trigger on moving to a multiple-AWS account structure, Tomasz Łakomy helps us out with his post. He talks about a plethora of organizational benefits to this strategy including cost optimization, promoting innovation, and minimizing blast radius when things go wrong.

Last Words

This week we focus more on what to do after you’re started with serverless. Iteration is your key to success. I always say when it comes to software to do it, do it right, do it better. With each iteration you understand the problem domain better and better and will make more educated design decisions to optimize your app.

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!

Allen

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