My top picks from JeffConf Hamburg 2018

All the videos from Jef­f­Conf Ham­burg is now avail­able on YouTube. You can also find slides and sketch­notes from the agen­da page on their web­site.

There were a lot of good talks to pick from, but here are my top 3.

Simon Wardley : Why the Fuss about Serverless? (slides)

Admit­ted­ly I have seen var­i­ous incar­na­tions of this talk many times already but Simon keeps chang­ing it up and hon­est­ly, there’s always more you can learn from Simon.

If you want to learn more about Simon’s map­ping tech­nique, he is writ­ing book on map­ping, and it’s avail­able for free on medi­um. Go read it here. There is also an instruc­tor-lead online course here.

Anna Doubková : Gotchas in Serverless framework (slides)

Anna’s talk is as prac­ti­cal as Simon’s is inspi­ra­tional. If you’re using the Server­less frame­work, then you need to watch this to see the lim­its you’ll like­ly run into in the near future. Many of these are not obvi­ous at first sight, Anna’s expe­ri­ence here can save you days of agony!

Danilo Poccia : Real-Time Serverless Back Ends with GraphQL (slides)

GraphQL is a pret­ty hot top­ic these days. AWS announced App­Sync at re:invent 2017 and it makes build­ing GraphQL APIs with Lamb­da even eas­i­er.

Sid­dharth Gup­ta wrote a very detailed arti­cle on build­ing GraphQL APIs with App­Sync and Lamb­da, it’s worth a read.

Honourable Mentions

Like I said, there were many good talks to pick from and I couldn’t include every­thing on here. Here are a few oth­er talks that I real­ly enjoyed:

Gillian Arm­strong : con­ver­sa­tion­al AI and server­less (slides)

Oliv­er Zeiger­mann : Server­less Machine learn­ing (slides)

Lars Trieloff : Putting the F in FaaS: Func­tion­al com­po­si­tion in a Server­less World (slides)

I also gave a short­er ver­sion of my talk “Server­less in pro­duc­tion, an expe­ri­ence report” at Jef­f­Conf, and here are the record­ing and slides for that.

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