The Best Serverless Sessions at AWS Summit New York

Dealing with Lambda payload limits and RequestEntityTooLargeException

The AWS Web Summit New York is next week! While there isn’t a formal serverless track, there are some great sessions for those considering serverless tools or those who are experienced in serverless and want to hear new insights and perspectives!

WebSocket revival: API Gateway, WebSockets, and interactive applications

WebSockets aren’t new, but a new serverless architecture is now possible with Amazon API Gateway integrations. Paul Chin Jr. (the man with history’s best Twitter avatar) discusses its benefits and drawbacks and shares how he built an interactive application with entertaining results.

Paul Chin Jr. - Cloud Software Engineer, Cloudreach

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 8:30 AM - 09:00 AM
  • – Dev Lounge (Expo, 3B, Level 3)

Wild Rydes: Build a full-stack serverless ride-sharing app with Lambda

Introducing Wild Rydes, a new, innovative unicorn transportation service using AWS Lambda, AWS Step Functions, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon Kinesis. In this two hour workshop, you learn the foundations of serverless architecture and build a whole, highly scalable app based on serverless microservices.

One more shameless plug, Stackery helped big an extension of this tutorial for serverless. Check it out!

Mandus Momberg, AWS

Carmen Puccio, AWS

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • – 1E03 (Level 1)

What’s new in Amazon Aurora

Amazon Aurora is a fully managed relational database that runs on Amazon RDS and offers versions compatible with MySQL and PostgreSQL. Take a look into Aurora, exploring recently announced features, such as serverless, multi-master, and performance insights. If you’re not an Aurora user, this tutorial will also cover how an organization can adopt Aurora

Vlad Vlasceanu, AWS

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • – 3E - Teal (Level 3)

Expedite the development lifecycle with MongoDB and serverless

Learn how to quickly build a website or mobile application backed by MongoDB utilizing serverless compute. Presented by Drew DiPalma from MongoDB.

Drew DiPalma - Senior Product Manager, MongoDB

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 12:35 PM - 1:05 PM
  • – Day 1 Theater (Expo, 3B, Level 3)

Serverless development environment to production pipeline

Serverless offers big advantages in the “arbitrary heavy lifting”’ of operations. However, these architectural patterns require new understandings and workflows for how applications should be developed. In this session, Chase Douglas discusses how successful organizations use Stackery to combine AWS services, such as AWS CloudFormation, AWS CodeBuild, and AWS Secrets Manager to enable teams of developers to collaboratively build scalable applications, manage environments, build CI/CD pipelines, and operate in production.

Chase Douglas - CTO, Stackery

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • – Dev Lounge (Expo, 3B, Level 3)

Twelve-Factor serverless applications

The Twelve-Factor application model represents 12 best practices for building modern, cloud-native applications. Although serverless computing and AWS Lambda have changed application development, the Twelve-Factor methodology remains relevant and applicable in a serverless world. Chris Munns has written about 12 factor apps at length, and over at The New Stack I have a whole series in train.

Eric Johnson, AWS

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
  • – Hall 1D - Red (Level 1)

Security from a developer’s perspective

Developers often think of security as an external requirement, even as an implementation on top of the systems they build. In this talk, we review why developers should care about security, how they should think about risk, and how they can become security champions in their organizations.

This talk isn’t about serverless directly, but Ben Kehoe and his team have been trailblazers with serverless at iRobot, his talks are always worth a look.

Ben Kehoe - Cloud Robotics Research Scientist, iRobot

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • – Dev Lounge (Expo, 3B, Level 3)

The state of serverless observability

Serverless platforms enforce ephemerality and immutability in a way that demands what we commonly think of as a stateless architecture. While these are not new, the lack of visibility into underlying infrastructure reinforces the need for greater application observability. Erica Windisch, founder and CTO at IOpipe, challenges the notion of statelessness and explores the necessity of observing application state for the purposes of debugging, performance optimizations, and security auditing.

Erica Windisch - CTO, IOpipe

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • – Dev Lounge (Expo, 3B, Level 3)

Scalable serverless architectures using event-driven design

There are a number of design options to apply when you build serverless architecture, such as which AWS services to use with AWS Lambda and the Lambda invocation pattern. Lambda can be invoked by many different AWS services or events, such as in response to infrastructure activities, developer tools actions, lifecycle events, and more. Lambda can also be invoked as part of a workflow within an application. In this session, Sam Dengler of AWS covers some best practices for building apps using the full serverless stack, not just Lambda.

Sam Dengler, AWS

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
  • – 3E - Red (Level 3)

AWS CloudFormation macros: Coding best practices

With AWS CloudFormation macros, infrastructure-as-code developers can use AWS Lambda functions to empower template authors with utilities to improve their productivity. Stackery builds CloudFormation templates automatically, but if you like fiddling with templates yourself, check it out.

Dan Blanco, AWS

Jing Ling, AWS

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 3:45 PM - 04:45 PM
  • – 1D03 (Level 1)

AWS Lambda for all the things

From simple job runners to massively scalable data streams, ZocDoc uses the flexible nature of Lambda in a variety of ways around its entire AWS stack. In this talk, learn how, for Zocdoc, it’s Lambda for all the things.

Rob Howley - Principal Data Scientist, ZocDoc

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • – Startup Central (Expo, 3B, Level 3)

Building event-driven applications with serverless and AWS

Serverless enables us to develop applications that scale quickly and reliably based on incoming requests. These requests are often in the form of events that go well beyond Amazon API Gateway requests and scheduled rules in Amazon CloudWatch. In this dev chat, we explore the different types of events available to your serverless applications, share where they come from, and explore how to use them to build powerful applications that can automate business processes and provide more value to your customers.

Jeremy Daly - CTO, AlertMe

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 4:00 PM - 04:30 PM
  • Dev Lounge (Expo, 3B, Level 3)

Serverless data prep with AWS Glue

Learn how to automatically catalog datasets in your Amazon S3 data lake using AWS Glue crawlers. Also, learn how to interactively author ETL scripts in an Amazon SageMaker notebook connected to an AWS Glue development endpoint. Finally, learn how to deploy your ETL scripts into production by turning your ETL script into managed AWS Glue jobs and add appropriate AWS Glue scheduling and triggering conditions.

Raghu Prabhu, AWS

Radhika Ravirala, AWS

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • – 1C, Room 2 (Level 1)

Build scalable applications with a serverless relational database

Amazon Aurora Serverless is an on-demand, autoscaling configuration for Amazon Aurora. Explore use cases, examine the underlying mechanisms, and discuss the future of serverless databases.

Amit Purohit, AWS

Nitesh Mehta, AWS

Lawrence Webley, AWS

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • –1E10 (Level 1)

AWS Lambda Layers in action

AWS Lambda Layers provide a way to share common dependencies and code between Lambda functions. Learn how layers enable you to streamline your application artifacts and provide an easier way to standardize dependencies in your projects. [Shameless plug: Stackery was a Lambda Layer’s launch partner - read what we wrote about Layers to prep for this session]

Eric Johnson, AWS

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • – 1E06 (Level 1)

See you in New York!

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