June 17, 2020 – You are well on your way to the best day of the year for cloud! Join the AWS Summit Online and deepen your knowledge with this free, virtual event if you are a technologist at any level. There is something for everybody.
Hear about the latest trends, customers and partners in EMEA, followed by the opening keynote with Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon.com. All developers at TIQQE are always attending Werner’s keynotes.
After the keynote, dive deep in 55 breakout sessions across 11 tracks, including getting started, building advanced architectures, app development, DevOps and more. Tune in live to network with fellow technologists, have your questions answered in real-time by AWS Experts and claim your certificate of attendance.
So, whether you are just getting started on the cloud or are an advanced user, come and learn something new at the AWS Summit Online.
Want to get started with AWS? At TIQQE, we have loads of experience and are an Advanced Partner to AWS. Contact us, we’re here to help.
Why should I use AWS Lambda and how does it work? In this blog post I provide you with a practical hands-on guide of how to create your first AWS Lambda service and explain why you should use it to create awesome customer value.
What is AWS Lambda?
With AWS lambda we can write code and execute it without caring about configuring servers.
Why should I use it?
It enables you to quickly develop business relevant code and deliver value for your customers and stakeholders.
From the AWS console head to Services and search for Lambda select the first option.
Click Create Function
Enter your name for the lambda and select runtime (I’m going with Node.js) Leave everything else default.
When your lambda is created you’ll be taken to that lambdas page where you can see and setup lots of information and options about your lambda, let’s not worry too much about that right now and just scroll down to “Function Code”.
Using the inline editor (you are of course able to write code with any IDE you want and deploy it to AWS but I’ll cover that in another post) let’s enter some code, this is what I used.
Testing our code
At the top of the screen click configure test event and create an event to execute the function with.
The event in JSON format
Hit Create and finally click the “Test” button.
After its execution you’ll see the result and the output by clicking Details in the green result box, you can also click (logs) to enter CloudWatch Logs and get a better look into all executions of your lambda.
You’ve just created a lambda and the possibilities with it are endless, in future posts I’ll discuss how we can connect an API to our lambda via API Gateway and how we can store our data in the NoSQL database DynamoDB.
Discussion: what about the price?
With Lambda the first million requests each month are alway free after that you pay $0.20 per 1M requests and $0.0000166667 for every GB-second, read more here. Lambda is usually used together with other AWS services that might also incur cost such as Cloudwatch logs which we touched upon in this post, Cloudwatch logs also offer a free tier, 5GB of Log Data Ingestion and 5GB of Log Data Archive, which means nothing we did in this post will result in any cost even if you do no cleanup. Read more about the economics of cloud here “Cloud is expensive”
I don’t want to use the inline code editor!
Great, me neither, I suggest as a first step either looking into exporting your code to zip and uploading to the lambda
or exploring the Serverless framework, a tool that makes it easy to deploy serverless applications such as Lambda!
You’re welcome to contact me if you have any questions.
Imagine going to work everyday and doing the same task over and over, I reckon you would get pretty good at that task, I reckon you would feel confident in doing that task and if somebody asked you to perform that task you would feel no anxiety doing so. I also reckon that you wouldn’t grow much, you would definitely lose out on the adrenaline rush of doing something you haven’t attempted before and you certainly would not have as many interesting stories to tell at the next party you attend. Now if you think that is fine, if you’re content being in a bubble of affirmation that’s ok but spoiler alert… You’re missing out.
We should always challenge ourselves and others to step out of our comfort zone, it can be in simple tasks like talking to the new co-worker you’ve seen around the office or something bigger like making the effort to hold a knowledge sharing lunch about a topic you’re passionate about or even something colossal like taking the leap of faith to switch to serverless while everybody else is debating whether we really should use public cloud or not.
Regardless of the scale there are two things I think we should keep with us:
In the process of doing something new we are evolving
it is okay to fail
The first one is to motivate us through the process, by reminding us that despite the difficulties and despite the overwhelming feelings that we are becoming better by going through it. Even if in a worst case scenario you don’t develop any new skills and don’t learn anything you will still have built character by stepping out of normality — there’s just no lose case.
The second one is to make us build up courage to do something in the first place and to keep that courage after something we tried didn’t go quite as planned, because failing is a part of the process.
I must admit that as i’m writing this I’m stepping out of my comfort zone. This is the first blog post I’ve really ever written and it is scary, the thoughts running through my head are endless “will anybody even read this”, “who cares about this stuff”, “what if everybody hates it”. Regardless of this I felt that I had to do it (with some motivation from my colleagues and friends) and in the end I feel proud, I’ve gone from an idea to a three paragraph long text about something that interests me and in the process I’ve gotten to practice a bunch of skills and honestly even if no one reads this, I’m still happy that I took the time to sit down and put these word together. I hope that the next time an opportunity arises for you to step outside of your comfort zone that you think back to this post and give it a shot, I mean, the worst that can happen is that you evolve.
If something is hard or scary, do it often & improve the process until it’s not hard or scary any more.
TIQQE is hosting re:Invent comes to you – 2019! Welcome to our Örebro office the 5:th of December.
We have been working with Cloud native technologies since 2012 and we’ve learned a whole lot during that journey. We want to share lessons learned and also explain why we are all in on serverless!
re:invent is a yearly event hosted by AWS in Las Vegas it spans over six days and touches on all parts of AWS.
We will treat you to a great evening in Örebro with awesome presentations of the latest and greatest within serverless technology! You will be able to enjoy food and drinks while making new connections with lots of interesting people!
Yesterday TIQQE co-hosted AWS user group meetup Örebro with Headlight, we did the wildrydes workshop together and it was a great time, we managed to complete the entire workshop with some time left for discussion and reflection.Thanks for everyone who attended and made it an awesome evening, We look forward to hosting and attending more AWS oriented meetups in Örebro in the future!
Not everyone are able to join AWS Re:invent in Las Vegas so we decided to take Re:invent to Örebro and invite everyone interested in AWS and Tiqqe.
AWS Re:invent 2018 took place in November 25 to November 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada. As not everyone are able to join, we decided to host our own event in Örebro. We attracted around 40 visitors to our first event, which is quite amazing and proves a big interest for cloud and AWS in Örebro.
David Borgenvik, founder of Tiqqe, started up the evening
We kicked off with some food, drinks and mingle to get everyone in the right mood for the evening. As AWS are broadcasting many of the sessions live, we watched Werner Vogels keynote, which is always a highlight of Re:invent. We had prepared a number of sessions ourselves to inspire people of how we use AWS and serverless technology in real life projects.
The evening was a success and there were a lot of interesting discussions. We will definitively continue with the “Re:invent comes to you” concept next year and hope for even more participants.