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There is No Serverless
Nate Taggart

Nate Taggart | December 14, 2017

There is No Serverless "Lock In"
If you’ve spent any time researching serverless infrastructure like AWS Lambda and Azure Functions, you’ve probably heard about serverless lock in. The argument goes something like this: because your code is tied to infrastructure, and even to a specific datacenter, on hardware that you don’t control and can’t access, you operate at the mercy ...
Rate Limiting Serverless Apps - Two Patterns
Sam Goldstein

Sam Goldstein | November 21, 2017

Rate Limiting Serverless Apps - Two Patterns
Diagram for an automatic brake patented by Luther Adams in 1873. Many applications require rate-limiting and concurrency-control mechanisms and this is especially true when building serverless applications using FaaS components such as AWS Lambda. The scalability of serverless applications can lead them to quickly overwhelm other systems the...
Serverless is DevOps
Nate Taggart

Nate Taggart | November 09, 2017

Serverless is DevOps
It’s been nearly a decade since Andrew Shafer and Patrick Debois introduced the term “DevOps” in their talk on “Agile Infrastructure” at the 2008 Agile conference in Toronto. In the ensuing years, DevOps has become nearly synonymous with agile development, deployment automation, and continuous delivery. DevOps has slowly but surely become the ...
Serverless Operations 101
Sam Goldstein

Sam Goldstein | October 26, 2017

Serverless Operations 101
For the last several years serverless application architectures have been rapidly building momentum. Just three short years ago AWS had barely released AWS Lambda and serverless was the realm of technical pioneers. Now most mainstream companies with engineering teams are looking at how to leverage serverless tech to accelerate their teams and...
Serverless Function Architecture Principles
Chase Douglas

Chase Douglas | October 13, 2017

Serverless Function Architecture Principles
Serverless services are often called “Functions-as-a-Service”, or FaaS. The use of the term “function” arose because we needed a name for a compute unit that was smaller than a “server” or “container”. But how should you break your implementation down when building a serverless architecture? Unfortunately, thinking in terms of “functions” tends...
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...
Automatic Image Processing Made Easy
Apurva Jantrania

Apurva Jantrania | October 06, 2017

Automatic Image Processing Made Easy
Handling images as they are uploaded by your users is a process that lends itself well to serverless. However, setting up buckets, functions, and the necessary permissions can become a surprisingly daunting task. Stackery can help by managing all of this complexity and letting you focus on just the image processing development. In our new gui...
Building a CI Pipeline with Stackery
Anna Yovandich

Anna Yovandich | September 27, 2017

Building a CI Pipeline with Stackery
At Stackery, we’ve been brainstorming the best approach to implement a CI pipeline for p/reviewing PRs, viewing tests, and deploying environment builds. The first part of the chain is building a tool that provides an efficient way to review a PR, preview it in the browser, and ensure its tests pass - without disrupting local development. This c...

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