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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.

Learn you some Lambda best practice for great good!

After a lot of hard work I have finally published my new course, Learn you some Lambda best practice for great good!. There are a total of 45 lessons and 3 hours of content that covers best practices for performance, scalability, resilience, security, observability and cost. Unlike Production-Ready Serverless, which gave you a project you can build from start to finish, the lessons here are all independent so you can easily drop in & out according to fit your schedule.

Here are some of the things you will learn in this course:

  • tuning function memory setting for performance and cost
  • the factors that affect cold start and how to improve cold start performance
  • new features from re:Invent 2019 such as Provisioned Concurrency
  • how to use multi-region, active-active to build highly resilient serverless applications
  • partial handling techniques for Kinesis and SQS
  • how to store and distribute secrets safely
  • overview of distributed tracing tools such as X-Ray, Lumigo, Epsagon and Thundra
  • what alerts you should set up in your application
  • API Gateway vs HTTP API vs ALB
  • SNS vs SQS vs Kinesis vs EventBridge
  • peripheral services you need to look out for so their cost don’t spiral out
  • and many more..

You can enrol at lambdabestpractice.com and follow @LearnLambda for announcements and promo codes. For the next few days you can still get 33% off with the code my-llama-valentine. I really hope you find this course useful, and please don’t hesitate to let me know your feedbacks and suggestions for topics that I should cover in the course.


I spoke at the ServerlessDays Cardiff this past week. It was another well-organized event, so kudos to Matt Lewis and his team. This year they attracted around 300 people, a whole 50% increase on last year! As always, it was great to see some old friends and meet some ones.

Here’s the slides for my opening keynote on how to refactor an existing monolith to serverless in 8 steps.


I have teamed up with fellow AWS Serverless Hero, Ant Stanley, to offer my 2-day Production-Ready Serverless workshop in London on March 16th-17th, in addition to running the same workshop in Amsterdam on March 19th-20th.

You can enrol for the London workshop on his brand new platform Senzo.io, early bird tickets are still on-sale until the end of February.

If London is too far for you, then check out all my other workshop locations and dates. The Amsterdam workshop is almost fully booked, just the last few seats left. But then there’s still Helsinki and Stockholm in May.

Thank you to my patrons

Finally, I want to give a shout out to my patrons:

Alexis, Andre Silva, Boseok In, Dome Jantaphat, Ebru Cucen, Hrafnkell Palsson, Jon Barber, Jonathan Kosgei, Kevin Woods, Luis Gutierrez, Marko @ Serverless Life, Michael Wills, Sal DiStefano, Shawn MacIntyre, Tendies123, Will Saunders, Yinan Xue

Thank you guys so much for your continued support!

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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.

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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”.

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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!