How to break the “senior engineer” career ceiling

I have met many engineers whose career progression seemingly stops at “senior engineer”. It happens for many reasons: They found their sweet spot. Many engineers simply don’t want to be promoted. They love the project they are working on and enjoys being the subject matter expert in their domain. All they want is more of …

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Check-list for going live with API Gateway and Lambda

Disclaimer: this is a long list, you don’t need to tick every box to go-live. Think of them as a ladder, the more critical a system the higher you should try and climb. Observability Enable detailed monitoring to get per-method metrics (e.g. latency for GET /index). Without this, CloudWatch only reports aggregated metrics for all …

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Weekly update 36

Hello, welcome to another weekly update! I’m trying out a new format to do this via video, hope you enjoy it :-) Links Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theburningmonk Consulting services: https://theburningmonk.com/hire-me New posts The why, when, how of API Gateway service proxies Where does SLS plugin stops and platform starts My advice to junior developers Open source updates …

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Analyze Lambda cold starts with lumigo-cli

I’m absolutely thrilled to tell you about an exciting new feature for the lumigo-cli, the ability to analyze Lambda cold starts. With the new analyze-lambda-cold-starts command, you can analyze cold starts for: all functions in all regions all functions in a single region a single function You can specify how far back you want the …

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Where Serverless plugin stops and platform starts

I’m a long-time user of the Serverless framework and a big fan of its plugin system. It offers tremendous flexibility and there exists a rich ecosystem of community-driven plugins. It’s easily the Serverless framework’s greatest strength and the reason why I keep going back to it. However, I have observed a common pattern where customers …

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Weekly update 35

Hi, welcome to another weekly update! Let’s work together in 2020 Are you still on the fence about serverless and need strategic guidance on how best to safely introduce serverless to your organization and reap its benefits? Are your engineers lacking experiences with AWS and serverless and you need help upskilling the teams? Or maybe …

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The API Gateway security risk you need to pay attention to

When you deploy an API to API Gateway, throttling is enabled by default in the stage configurations. By default, every method inherits its throttling settings from the stage. Having built-in throttling enabled by default is great. However, the default method limits – 10k req/s with a burst of 5000 concurrent requests – matches your account …

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All you need to know about caching for serverless applications

Last week, someone asked me at the AWS User Group in The Hague “Is caching still relevant for serverless applications?”  The assumption there is that Lambda auto-scales by traffic, so do we still need to worry about caching? And if so, where and how do we implement caching? So let’s break it down. Caching is …

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