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The Serverless Learning Curve
Nate Taggart

Nate Taggart | June 12, 2017

The Serverless Learning Curve
Like all new technologies, there’s a lot of hype around FaaS-style “serverless” architectures. You may have heard of the many benefits of serverless: faster time to market, lower infrastructure costs, and impressive scalability. While all true (and enormously advantageous), it’s important to identify some of the challenges of this new infrastruc...
Think Twice Before Decomposing Your APIs For Serverless
Chase Douglas

Chase Douglas | June 06, 2017

Think Twice Before Decomposing Your APIs For Serverless
Even though AWS Lambda was first released two and a half years ago, serverless tech is still new. Everyone is still trying to sort out how to build applications with it. Best practices are in their infancy. One technique that has been en vogue is decomposing REST apis down to a one-to-one mapping of endpoints and serverless functions. But is th...
The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Serverless
Michelle Levine

Michelle Levine | May 26, 2017

The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Serverless
Stackery is all about serverless, but when I started working here, I had never even heard of the term before. Since starting, I have been hounded by friends and family to explain what Stackery does, which always leads to questions about serverless that I didn’t know the answer to. Two months into the job, I’ve decided it is time to answer some ...
Serving Binary Files Using Serverless APIs
Chase Douglas

Chase Douglas | April 04, 2017

Serving Binary Files Using Serverless APIs
One of the challenges of building a serverless API is handling binary data. The main serverless API platforms, like AWS API Gateway, only have ancillary support for binary data. Further, binary data handling is inefficient as the data is encoded using base64 format. Taking into account the message payload limits of AWS Lambda, the maximum size ...
Serverless is Awesome For APIs
Chase Douglas

Chase Douglas | March 22, 2017

Serverless is Awesome For APIs
The biggest usage of serverless technologies today is around event-driven workflows in the backend of a system. Examples include receiving an event from an S3 bucket when a video is uploaded, then using a serverless function to spin up a Docker container to transcode the video. However, serverless technologies can provide even bigger wins in wh...
Serverless Use Cases
Chase Douglas

Chase Douglas | March 15, 2017

Serverless Use Cases
Serverless is the hot new technology. Everyone raves about it, and many have seen dramatic benefits from using it. Engineering overhead goes down, costs go down, fun goes up! But what is everyone actually doing with serverless technology? We have been reaching out to the best engineers on the planet who are using serverless tech. Along the way...
Serverless Hapi Services Using Stackery
Chase Douglas

Chase Douglas | February 21, 2017

Serverless Hapi Services Using Stackery
Why? Using serverless technologies for APIs provides multiple benefits: Requests are handled in parallel with unbounded horizontal scalability. Increased infrastructure efficiency because serverless functions run only when API requests are made. Infrequently accessed APIs no longer require base-line server instance costs. Ops overhead ...
Using Relational Databases With Serverless Functions
Chase Douglas

Chase Douglas | February 09, 2017

Using Relational Databases With Serverless Functions
I love relational databases. Gimme some of that SQL love. Why? Well, the fact is they do a ton more than most non-relational databases. I don’t mean to sound silly, but the fad of using NoSQL databases for every use case is getting really old. Relational databases could use a hug, because no one seems to love them anymore, and yet they can do...

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