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Alexa, tell Stackery to deploy
Apurva Jantrania

Apurva Jantrania | May 01, 2018

Alexa, tell Stackery to deploy
We have a couple of Amazon Dots around the office and one day, Nate was wondering if we could use Alexa to deploy a stack. That sounded like a fun side project, although I’d never created an Alexa skill before. So this week, I’m going to write a bit about the proof-of-concept I made, and some of the learnings I came across. To learn about Ale...
Fargate and Cucumber-js: A Review
Stephanie Baum

Stephanie Baum | April 16, 2018

Fargate and Cucumber-js: A Review
Lately, here at Stackery, as we’ve begun shipping features more rapidly into the product, we’ve also been shifting some of our focus towards reliability and integration testing in preparation. I decided to try out AWS Fargate for UI integration testing using BDD and Cucumber-js in a day long experimental POC. Cucumber is a behavior driven develo...
Quickly Iterating on Developing and Debugging AWS Lambda Functions
Apurva Jantrania

Apurva Jantrania | March 15, 2018

Quickly Iterating on Developing and Debugging AWS Lambda Functions
Recently, I found myself having to develop a complex lambda function that required a lot of iteration and the need for interactive debugging. Iterating on lambda functions can be painful due to the amount of time it takes to re-deploy an update to lambda and trying to attach a debugger to lambda just isn’t an option. If you find yourself re-de...
Implementing the Strangler Pattern with Serverless
Stephanie Baum

Stephanie Baum | February 28, 2018

Implementing the Strangler Pattern with Serverless
By now we’ve all read Martin Fowler’s Strangler Pattern approach to splitting up monolithic applications. It sounds wonderful, but in practice it can be tough to do, particularly when you’re under a time crunch to enable shiny new “modern” features at the same time. An example I’ve seen several times now is going from an older, on-prem, or in g...
Tracing Serverless Applications with AWS X-Ray
Apurva Jantrania

Apurva Jantrania | February 01, 2018

Tracing Serverless Applications with AWS X-Ray
Debugging serverless applications can be very hard. Often, the traditional tools and methodologies that are commonly used in monolithic applications don’t work (easily, at least). While each service is smaller and easier to fully understand and test, a lot of the complexity and issues are now found in the interconnections between the micro-serv...
How Does Docker Fit In A Serverless World?
Chase Douglas

Chase Douglas | January 04, 2018

How Does Docker Fit In A Serverless World?
The debut of AWS Lambda in 2014 spawned a debate: serverless vs Docker. There have been countless articles comparing cost efficiency, performance, constraints, and vendor lock-in between the two technologies. Thankfully, the second half of 2017 has shown this all to be a bit beside the point. With recent product announcements from Azure and A...
AWS Lambda Cost Optimization
Sam Goldstein

Sam Goldstein | December 22, 2017

AWS Lambda Cost Optimization
Serverless application architectures put a heavy emphasis on pay-per-use billing models. In this post I’ll look at the characteristics of pay-per-use vs. other billing models and discuss how to approach optimizing your AWS lambda usage for optimal cost/performance tradeoffs. How Do You Want To Pay For That? There are basically three ways t...
Easy Slack Integration
Chase Douglas

Chase Douglas | October 09, 2017

Easy Slack Integration
Slack is an indispensable tool for many organizations. People have found many uses beyond simple chat communication. One prime example is ChatOps, which enables teams of developers to collaboratively communicate and perform ops actions at the same time in a shared tool. We have a new guide demonstrating how to build a SlackBot that receives w...

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