Weekly update 05

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Hi, welcome to another weekly update!

I’m an AWS Serverless Hero!

First, I have an exciting news to share with you. AWS announced new categories of their community heroes program and I’m proud to be selected as one of the new Serverless Heroes, alongside some of the most influential thought leaders in the serverless space.

It’s a big honour for me to receive this recognition, and I hope to continue to give value back to the serverless community!

Welcome IOpipe as our sponsor for July!

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MEAP update for Production-Ready Serverless

We have released a number of new videos since the last update:

We will publish the next videos on capturing and forwarding correlation IDs via SNS next week, and conclude the correlation IDs unit. I have been working on the next unit on performance and cold starts and hope to bring them to you soon!

And since so many of you have been so kind to ask about my cat and co-presenter on the course, here is a picture of Ada for all you cat lovers :-) I hope to have her in one of my videos again soon!

News from the serverless stratosphere

Since the last update, we have had some important announcements for Lambda.

SQS is now a supported event source for Lambda

I have been waiting for this announcement for over two years, and it’s finally here! Furthermore, both SAM and the Serverless framework (v1.28.0) has added support for SQS already.

API Gateway introduces private endpoints

Another frequently requested feature is for the option to deploy an API Gateway inside a VPC. This protects us against denial-of-service attacks, as well as a host of other attack vectors that comes with publicly accessible APIs.

Again, support for this feature is already added in v1.28.0 of the Serverless framework.

API Gateway supports resource policies

Another really cool feature that was announced is the ability to add resource policies for API Gateway, which allows you to control access at the resource level. This new feature makes it simple for you to restrict access to certain IPs or IAM users and roles.

And you guessed it, it’s supported by v1.28.0 of the Serverless framework.

ServerlessDays London

Finally, I’d like to share some news from the ServerlessDays conference in London yesterday.

There were many great talks, I especially enjoyed Dizzy Smith’s talk on how they dealt with Meltdown and Spectre at DigitalOcean. I gave the last talk of the day, on how we can apply principles of chaos engineering to the serverless paradigm.

Here at DAZN, we are proud to be sponsors of ServerlessDays. Quite a few of us were there, and we all enjoyed ourselves and met some fantastic, like-minded people during the day!

With even more ServerlessDays happening in Vienna, Amsterdam, Milan and Seattle coming up, I can’t wait to attend even more of these events!

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