Weekly update 10

Hi, welcome to another weekly update!

MEAP update for Production-Ready Serverless

We have released 3 new videos on my video course Production-Ready Serverless!

Remember, whilst the course is still in the MEAP, you can get 40% off the face price using the code ytcui.

I have also turned this course into a classroom setting, so if you’re interested in having me run this as a workshop in your company, then drop me a line via the Contact page.

New Posts

Hitchhiker’s guide to AWS Step Functions. I wrote a guest post for Epsagon on AWS Step Functions – what is it good for, how it works and its limitations.

DevOps with Serverless. I gave a new talk at the London Java Community this week, where I discussed how DevOps with serverless is soooo much simpler. No more dealing with a gazillion number of tools just to ship some code into an AWS environment and provision some resources.

Upcoming Talks

I’ll be in Germany for SRECon Europe this week to talk about doing chaos engineering with serverless. And next week, I’ll make it a brace of Monitorama conferences this year and talk about building observability into a serverless application at Monitorama AMS.

Hope to see you there!

AWS Announcements

AWS announced a new t3 instance class for EC2.

Kinesis data streams introduced enhanced fan-out and HTTP/2 support to improve read throughput. I’m not sure how this impacts Lambda yet.

Good Reads

Paul Johnston published a nice article on Serverless Best Practices. It summarised many of the lessons that I have learnt over the last couple of years while working with Lambda, it’s well worth a read!

Chris Munns published a webinar on Serverless application patterns.

Tim Wagner (who left AWS to join Coinbase recently) talks about why Serverless and Blockchain is a good match.

Scott Helme published his new report of Alexa top 1 million websites.

Julia Evans shared some helpful tips on managing those stressful performance reviews!

The New Stack published an article on serverless testing in production, featuring a conversation with Charity Majors.

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Yan Cui

I’m an AWS Serverless Hero and the author of Production-Ready Serverless. I have run production workload at scale in AWS for nearly 10 years and I have been an architect or principal engineer with a variety of industries ranging from banking, e-commerce, sports streaming to mobile gaming. I currently work as an independent consultant focused on AWS and serverless.

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