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James Beswick

Author: James Beswick

James Beswick is a Principal Developer Advocate for the AWS Serverless Team. He works with AWS's developer customers to understand how serverless technologies can drastically change the way they think about building and running applications at massive scale with minimal administration overhead. Follow James Beswick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jbesw. Visit https://serverlessland.com for more serverless content.

Monitoring the Kinesis stream

Monitoring and troubleshooting serverless data analytics applications

In this post, I show how the existing settings in the Alleycat application are not sufficient for handling the expected amount of traffic. I walk through the metrics visualizations for Kinesis Data Streams, Lambda, and DynamoDB to find which quotas should be increased.

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Solution architecture

Building leaderboard functionality with serverless data analytics

In this post, I explain the all-time leaderboard logic in the Alleycat application. This is an asynchronous, eventually consistent process that checks batching of incoming records for new personal records. This uses Kinesis Data Firehose to provide a zero-administration way to deliver and process large batches of records continuously.

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Solution architecture

Building serverless applications with streaming data: Part 3

In this post, I explain the all-time leaderboard logic in the Alleycat application. This is an asynchronous, eventually consistent process that checks batching of incoming records for new personal records. This uses Kinesis Data Firehose to provide a zero-administration way to deliver and process large batches of records continuously.

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Start race UI

Building serverless applications with streaming data: Part 2

This post focuses on ingesting data into Kinesis Data Streams. I explain the two approaches used by the Alleycat frontend and the simulator application and highlight other approaches that you can use. I show how messages are routed to shards using partition keys. Finally, I explore additional factors to consider when ingesting data, to improve efficiency and reduce cost.

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Setting up NAT Gateway

Setting up AWS Lambda with an Apache Kafka cluster within a VPC

Using resources such as NAT Gateways and VPC endpoints with PrivateLink, you can ensure that your data remains secure while also granting access to resources such as Lambda to help you create a Kafka consumer application. This post provides some tips to help you set up a Lambda function using Kafka as a trigger. It also explains various options available to send data securely.

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