Weekly update 04

You can become a serverless blackbelt. Enrol to my 4-week online workshop Production-Ready Serverless and gain hands-on experience building something from scratch using serverless technologies. At the end of the workshop, you should have a broader view of the challenges you will face as your serverless architecture matures and expands. You should also have a firm grasp on when serverless is a good fit for your system as well as common pitfalls you need to avoid. Sign up now and get 15% discount with the code yanprs15!

Hi, welcome to another weekly update!

Welcome Epsagon as our sponsor for June!

I love writing and sharing everything I learn, but for a very long time I had to fund that habit using ads that get in the way of your viewing experience. Which is why I’m really grateful to my sponsors like Epsagon for helping me remove all the ads from this blog. Here’s a few words about Epsagon, one of the more interesting startups working in the serverless space today.

Epsagon helps companies and developers utilize serverless technologies without losing control of their applications. They provide end to end visibility and visualization of the serverless architecture.
Epsagon also enables fast troubleshooting, significantly reducing system downtime. Developers have reduced their troubleshooting time by over 80% using their technology. Using distributed tracing and AI technologies, they analyze the application’s performance and bottlenecks, improving the end-user experience while keeping costs in mind.

MEAP update for Production-Ready Serverless

We’re trying something new with the course. Based on your feedbacks, we’re going to release videos more frequently. Instead of releasing videos one unit at a time, we will now release them as soon as they’re ready and tech-proofed!

We released a new video this week, which lays out the plan for how we’re going to implement correlation IDs. Another 3 videos are in the pipeline and will hopefully be available by next week. These 3 videos will cover:

  • how to store and auto-capture incoming correlation IDs using a middy middleware
  • how to auto-include any captured correlation IDs in HTTP requests

I’m working on the follow up videos to implement the auto-capture and forwarding of correlation IDs for Kinesis and SNS. They should be ready the week after next.

If all these content sounds good to you, why not buy the course today and get updates as and when they’re ready. Don’t forget you can also get 40% off the face price with the code ytcui.

Monitorama PDX

I was over in Portland for Monitorama PDX this week, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was my first time in Portland and I loved it. It’s a beautiful city, the food was good and I absolutely loved walking around in Washington park!

There were some amazing talks at Monitorama, I especially enjoyed Logan McDonald‘s talk (on day 1) on how to optimize for learning from incidents.

I present my talk on “the present and future of Serverless observability” on day 3, the recording and slides for the talk are available below. And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your kind words after the talk :-) It’s nice to hear that I have struck the right chord with so many smart people who are actively working in this area!

You can find the live streams for day 1, day 2 and day 3 on youtube, and I also wrote a quick summary of my day 1 highlights too. If you missed this year’s event, don’t worry, Monitorama is coming to Amsterdam in September, and their CFP is still open!

New posts

How to migrate existing Microservices to Serverless. I published the last part of my 3-part series on how to migrate to serverless. This article focuses on the specific challenges you are likely to face as you migrate existing microservices to Lambda. I chose to focus on observability and security, as you need to rethink many of the existing practices and tools that you have been used to in the VM and containers world. The serverless paradigm presents many new possibilities as well as new constraints that you need to consider.

Highlights of Monitorama PDX day 1. As mentioned above, this is my summary of the best talks (for me) on day 1 of Monitorama.


So that’s it for another weekly update, wish you guys all a fantastic weekend!

Liked this article? Support me on Patreon and get direct help from me via a private Slack channel or 1-2-1 mentoring.
Subscribe to my newsletter

Hi, I’m Yan. I’m an AWS Serverless Hero and I help companies go faster for less by adopting serverless technologies successfully.

Are you struggling with serverless or need guidance on best practices? Do you want someone to review your architecture and help you avoid costly mistakes down the line? Whatever the case, I’m here to help.

Hire me.

Skill up your serverless game with this hands-on workshop.

My 4-week Production-Ready Serverless online workshop is back!

This course takes you through building a production-ready serverless web application from testing, deployment, security, all the way through to observability. The motivation for this course is to give you hands-on experience building something with serverless technologies while giving you a broader view of the challenges you will face as the architecture matures and expands.

We will start at the basics and give you a firm introduction to Lambda and all the relevant concepts and service features (including the latest announcements in 2020). And then gradually ramping up and cover a wide array of topics such as API security, testing strategies, CI/CD, secret management, and operational best practices for monitoring and troubleshooting.

If you enrol now you can also get 15% OFF with the promo code “yanprs15”.

Enrol now and SAVE 15%.

Check out my new podcast Real-World Serverless where I talk with engineers who are building amazing things with serverless technologies and discuss the real-world use cases and challenges they face. If you’re interested in what people are actually doing with serverless and what it’s really like to be working with serverless day-to-day, then this is the podcast for you.

Check out my new course, Learn you some Lambda best practice for great good! In this course, you will learn best practices for working with AWS Lambda in terms of performance, cost, security, scalability, resilience and observability. We will also cover latest features from re:Invent 2019 such as Provisioned Concurrency and Lambda Destinations. Enrol now and start learning!

Check out my video course, Complete Guide to AWS Step Functions. In this course, we’ll cover everything you need to know to use AWS Step Functions service effectively. There is something for everyone from beginners to more advanced users looking for design patterns and best practices. Enrol now and start learning!