Weekly update 36

Hello, welcome to another weekly update! I’m trying out a new format to do this via video, hope you enjoy it :-) Links Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theburningmonk Consulting services: https://theburningmonk.com/hire-me New posts The why, when, how of API Gateway service proxies Where does SLS plugin stops and platform starts My advice to junior developers Open source updates …

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Analyze Lambda cold starts with lumigo-cli

I’m absolutely thrilled to tell you about an exciting new feature for the lumigo-cli, the ability to analyze Lambda cold starts. With the new analyze-lambda-cold-starts command, you can analyze cold starts for: all functions in all regions all functions in a single region a single function You can specify how far back you want the …

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Where Serverless plugin stops and platform starts

I’m a long-time user of the Serverless framework and a big fan of its plugin system. It offers tremendous flexibility and there exists a rich ecosystem of community-driven plugins. It’s easily the Serverless framework’s greatest strength and the reason why I keep going back to it. However, I have observed a common pattern where customers …

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Weekly update 35

Hi, welcome to another weekly update! Let’s work together in 2020 Are you still on the fence about serverless and need strategic guidance on how best to safely introduce serverless to your organization and reap its benefits? Are your engineers lacking experiences with AWS and serverless and you need help upskilling the teams? Or maybe …

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The API Gateway security risk you need to pay attention to

When you deploy an API to API Gateway, throttling is enabled by default in the stage configurations. By default, every method inherits its throttling settings from the stage. Having built-in throttling enabled by default is great. However, the default method limits – 10k req/s with a burst of 5000 concurrent requests – matches your account …

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All you need to know about caching for serverless applications

Last week, someone asked me at the AWS User Group in The Hague “Is caching still relevant for serverless applications?”  The assumption there is that Lambda auto-scales by traffic, so do we still need to worry about caching? And if so, where and how do we implement caching? So let’s break it down. Caching is …

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Should you pack the AWS SDK in your deployment artefact?

Update 01/10/2019: a few of you have mentioned layers in the comments or on social media. Scroll to the bottom to see my thoughts on layers as a solution to the problems I mentioned in this post. A version of the AWS SDK is always bundled into the Lambda runtime for your language. So the …

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Weekly update 34

Hi, welcome to another weekly update! Let’s welcome back Blue Matador as this month’s sponsor! Blue Matador is monitoring alert automation for AWS and Kubernetes environments. Our proactive alerts take the time and toil out of monitoring. Trying to understand baselines and thresholds, and configuring alerts, especially in black boxes like Lambda and K8s, requires …

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