API Gateway

When to use API Gateway vs. Lambda Function URLs

“Lambdalith” is a monolithic approach to building serverless applications where a single Lambda function serves an entire API, instead of having one function per endpoint. It’s an increasingly popular approach and provides portability between Lambda and containers and lets you use familiar web frameworks.

Tools like the AWS Lambda Web Adapter have made this approach more accessible, and it also works well with Lambda Function URLs.

But don’t be too hasty to get rid of API Gateway just yet!

In this post, let’s look at the pros and cons of API Gateway vs. Lambda Function URLs, and let me explain why I still prefer API Gateway.

How I built an affiliate tracking system in a weekend with serverless

Having taught thousands of students to build serverless applications via my online courses and workshops, I felt it was time to kick-start an affiliate program to boost sales. Affiliates would receive 50% of the revenue and get a 15% discount code for their audience. It feels like a good deal but I would need a …

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How to set up custom domain names for AppSync

I previously wrote about five reasons you should consider AppSync over API Gateway. One thing that API Gateway supports but you can’t do with AppSync out-of-the-box yet is custom domain names. Your shiny new AppSync API is available at XYZ.appsync-api.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/graphql, but you really want people to use your own domain instead because dev.example.com/graphql is much …

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Check-list for going live with API Gateway and Lambda

Disclaimer: this is a long list, you don’t need to tick every box to go-live. Think of them as a ladder, the more critical a system the higher you should try and climb. Observability Enable detailed monitoring to get per-method metrics (e.g. latency for GET /index). Without this, CloudWatch only reports aggregated metrics for all …

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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 here 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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How to include SNS and Kinesis in your e2e tests

Update 17/09/2019: based on feedback, I added a few more alternatives that do not require you to deploy additional Lambda functions to the e2e-test stage. Scroll to the end to find out more. Being event-driven is a key characteristic of a serverless architecture. Often our Lambda functions would publish events to SNS topics or Kinesis …

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