ICYMI: Serverless Q2 2018
The better-late-than-never edition!
Welcome to the second edition of the AWS Serverless ICYMI (in case you missed it) quarterly recap. Every quarter, we share all of the most recent product launches, feature enhancements, blog posts, webinars, Twitch live streams, and other interesting things that you might have missed!
The second quarter of 2018 flew by so fast that we didn’t get a chance to get out this post! We’re playing catch up, and making sure that the Q3 post launches a bit sooner.
Missed our Q1 ICYMI? Catch up on everything you missed.
So, what might you have missed this past quarter? Here’s the recap….
AWS AppSync provides capabilities to build real-time, collaborative mobile and web applications. It uses GraphQL, an open standard query language that makes it easy to request data from the cloud. When AWS AppSync went GA, several features also launched. These included better in-console testing with mock data, Amazon CloudWatch support, AWS CloudFormation support, and console log access.
AppSync expanded to more Regions and added OIDC support in May.
AWS Lambda made Node.js v8.10 available. 8.10 brings some significant improvements in supporting async/await calls that simplify the traditional callback style common in Node.js applications. Developers can also see performance improvements and lower memory consumption.
In June, the long-awaited support for Amazon SQS as a trigger for Lambda launched! With this launch, customers can easily create Lambda functions that directly consume from SQS queues without needing to manage scheduling for the invocations to poll a queue. Today, SQS is one of the most popular AWS services. It’s used by hundreds of thousands of customers at massive scales as one of the fundamental building blocks of many applications.
AWS Lambda gained support for AWS Config. With AWS Config, you can track changes to the Lambda function, runtime environments, tags, handler name, code size, memory allocation, timeout settings, and concurrency settings. You can also record changes to Lambda IAM execution roles, subnets, and security group associations. Even more fun, you can use AWS Lambda functions in AWS Config Rules to check if your Lambda functions conform to certain standards as decided by you. Inception!
Amazon API Gateway announced the availability of private API endpoints! With private API endpoints, you can now create APIs that are completely inside your own virtual private clouds (VPCs). You can use awesome API Gateway features such as Lambda custom authorizers and Amazon Cognito integration. Back your APIs with Lambda, containers running in Amazon ECS, ECS supporting AWS Fargate, and Amazon EKS, as well as on Amazon EC2.
Amazon API Gateway also launched two really useful features; support for Resource Polices for APIs and Cross-Account AWS Lambda Authorizers and Integrations. Both features offer capabilities to help developers secure their APIs whether they are public or private.
AWS SAM went open source and the AWS SAM Local tool has now been relaunched as AWS SAM CLI! As part of the relaunch, AWS SAM CLI has gained numerous capabilities, such as helping you start a brand new serverless project and better template validation. With version 0.4.0, released in June, we added Python 3.6 support. You can now perform new project creation, local development and testing, and then packaging and deployment of serverless applications for all actively supported Lambda languages.
AWS Lambda@Edge added support for Node.js v8.10.
- Using AWS Lambda and Amazon Comprehend for sentiment analysis
- Implementing safe AWS Lambda deployments with AWS CodeDeploy
- Build text analytics solutions with Amazon Comprehend and Amazon Relational Database Service
- Serverless Architectures with AWS Lambda: Overview and Best Practices
- Use a custom domain with AWS AppSync, Amazon CloudFront, and Amazon Route 53
- Looking up information on AWS CloudFormation stack parameters using AWS Lambda
- Automating the discovery of unused AWS Lambda functions
- Reducing Latency and Shifting Compute to the Edge with Lambda@Edge
- F# Tooling Support for AWS Lambda
- Use Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) from AWS Lambda to increase performance while reducing costs
- From Framework to Function: Deploying AWS Lambda Functions for Java 8 using Apache Maven Archetype
- Protecting your API using Amazon API Gateway and AWS WAF — Part I
- Monitoring your Amazon SNS message filtering activity with Amazon CloudWatch
- Lambda@Edge Design Best Practices
- Build a user settings store with AWS AppSync
- How to perform advanced analytics and build visualizations of your Amazon DynamoDB data by using Amazon Athena
- Use Slack ChatOps to Deploy Your Code – How to Integrate Your Pipeline in AWS CodePipeline with Your Slack Channel
- Introducing Amazon API Gateway Private Endpoints
- Build a serverless frontend for an Amazon SageMaker endpoint
- A serverless solution for invoking AWS Lambda at a sub-minute frequency
- Serving Private Content Using Amazon CloudFront & AWS Lambda@Edge
- Ingest AWS Config data into Splunk with ease
- Create Dynamic Contact Forms for S3 Static Websites Using AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon SES
- Build a notification mechanism to manage Amazon RDS manual snapshots
Here are the three webinars we delivered in Q2. We hold several Serverless webinars throughout the year, so look out for them in the Serverless section of the AWS Online Tech Talks page:
- Tips and Tricks for Building and Deploying Serverless Apps In Minutes
- Building API-Driven Microservices with Amazon API Gateway
- Productionize Serverless Application Building and Deployments with AWS SAM
We’ve been so busy livestreaming on Twitch that you are most certainly missing out if you aren’t following along!
Serverless: Changing the Face of Business Economics, A Venture Capital and Startup Perspective
In partnership with three prominent venture capitalists—Greylock Partners, Madrona Venture Group, and Accel—AWS released a whitepaper on the business benefits to serverless. Check it out to hear about opportunities for companies in the space and how several have seen significant benefits from a serverless approach.
Serverless Streaming Architectures and Best Practices
Streaming workloads are some of the biggest workloads for AWS Lambda. Customers of all shapes and sizes are using streaming workloads for near real-time processing of data from services such as Amazon Kinesis Streams. In this whitepaper, we explore three stream-processing patterns using a serverless approach. For each pattern, we describe how it applies to a real-world use case, the best practices and considerations for implementation, and cost estimates. Each pattern also includes a template that enables you to quickly and easily deploy these patterns in your AWS accounts.
In other news
AWS re:Invent 2018 is coming! From November 26—30 in Las Vegas, Nevada, join tens of thousands of AWS customers to learn, share ideas, and see exciting keynote announcements. The agenda for Serverless talks is just starting to show up now and there are always lots of opportunities to hear about serverless applications and technologies from fellow AWS customers, AWS product teams, solutions architects, evangelists, and more.
What did we do at AWS re:Invent 2017? Check out our recap here: Serverless @ re:Invent 2017
Attend a Serverless event!
“ServerlessDays are a family of events around the world focused on fostering a community around serverless technologies.” —https://serverlessdays.io/
The events are run by local volunteers as vendor-agnostic events with a focus on community, accessibility, and local representation. Dozens of cities around the world have folks interested in these events, with more popping up regularly.
Find a ServerlessDays event happening near you. Come ready to learn and connect with other developers, architects, hobbyists, and practitioners. AWS has members from our team at every event to connect with and share ideas and content. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll even hand out cool swag!
AWS Serverless Apps for Social Good Hackathon
Our AWS Serverless Apps for Social Good hackathon invites you to publish serverless applications for popular use cases. Your app can use Alexa skills, machine learning, media processing, monitoring, data transformation, notification services, location services, IoT, and more.
We’re looking for apps that can be used as standalone assets or as inputs that can be combined with other applications to add to the open-source serverless ecosystem. This supports the work being done by developers and nonprofit organizations around the world.
Winners will be awarded cash prizes and the opportunity to direct donations to the nonprofit partner of their choice.
Still looking for more?
The AWS Serverless landing page has lots of information. The resources page contains case studies, webinars, whitepapers, customer stories, reference architectures, and even more Getting Started tutorials. Check it out!