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Get Going with Serverless

Get Going with Serverless

Introduction to serverless in general and a walkthrough of a serverless application built from scratch using the Serverless Framework. A zero-to-sixty overview of the Serverless Framework that will empower you to quickly get going with deploying your own serverless applications.

Rupak Ganguly

October 24, 2017

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  1. Get Going with
    a walkthrough building serverless apps
    using the Serverless Framework

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  2. Rupak Ganguly
    enterprise solutions architect
    [email protected]

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  3. Serverless Inc.

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  4. the serverless team

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  5. Get Going with Serverless
    a walkthrough building serverless apps
    using the Serverless Framework
    • Introduction to serverless computing
    • What is the Serverless Framework?
    • Setting up the Serverless Framework
    • Deploying your first app with Lambda & API Gateway
    • Anatomy of a Serverless App
    We will look at:

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  6. Serverless Computing
    myths, benefits and qualities

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  7. serverless definition
    serverless: though servers exists, the developer
    does not have to think about them

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  8. faas providers
    AWS Lambda Azure Functions
    Google Cloud Functions IBM Cloud Functions

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  9. microservices
    zero administration
    pay-per-execution ecosystem
    serverless computing
    FaaS qualities

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  10. zero administration
    • no servers to maintain

    • no OS upgrades, no patches

    • renewed role of devops teams

    • paradigm shift, no ssh

    • no control over infrastructure

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  11. pay-per-execution
    • no paying for idle

    • upfront cost savings

    • micro-billing, per 100 ms *

    • 1 million requests free tier *

    • $0.20 per million requests
    post free tier *
    * AWS Lambda pricing

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  12. microservices
    • promotes single responsibility
    principle based services

    • no more death stars, monolithic

    • varied language support

    • small, autonomous, polygot teams

    • agility, quick & frequent

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  13. ecosystem
    • use provider services

    • use of third-party services

    • S3, Kinesis, SNS, SQS

    • DynamoDB, Firebase, GraphQL

    • Cognito, Auth0, Synk, PureSec

    • CloudWatch, X-Ray, IOPipe

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  14. auto-scaling
    • auto scaling Lambda

    • auto scaling DynamoDB

    • based on load, throughput

    • no need for auto-scaling
    group policies

    • enables high-availability

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  15. event-driven
    • trigger & respond to events

    • http events (API Gateway)

    • webhook events

    • scheduled events

    • rich ecosystem of event

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  16. serverless architecture

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  17. security
    • Scrutinize and research before attaching new input/event sources

    • Keep the functions’ permissions least privileged and maintain a least privileged
    build system

    • Amount of code that can access sensitive data be reduced, exceptions are handled
    and input is validated

    • Avoid embedding secrets and access keys in code

    • Do not store access keys or credentials in source code repositories

    • Throttle and define quotas on the amount of requests that go through

    • Keep data encrypted that is stored at rest

    • Scrutinize and keep tab on third party API services for vulnerabilities

    • Scan third party libraries for potential vulnerabilities and try to keep them up-to-date

    • Carefully examine granting permissions that allow creation, modification or removal
    of the resources
    guidelines & recommendations

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  18. serverless use cases
    • real-time/streaming, batch processing: kinesis -> lambda

    • REST APIs, Graph APIs: lambda -> API Gateway endpoint

    • event-driven workflows, scheduled tasks, data transforms
    • web, mobile & IoT

    • form processing

    • authentication

    • devops automation

    • chatbots

    • file manipulation

    • voice apps (Alexa)

    • ETL workloads

    • image resizing

    • video transcoding

    • security audits

    • dynamic websites

    • web hook listeners

    • CRON jobs

    • CI/CD pipelines

    • log analytics
    what are others building

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  19. serverless challenges
    • cold start latency, more
    with VPC

    • price at high volumes

    • developer experience

    • limitations

    • fear of vendor lock-in

    • application lifecycle

    • metrics and monitoring

    • service discovery

    • team collaboration

    • standardization
    it’s not all rosy

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  20. What is Serverless
    an easy way of packaging, deploying and
    managing serverless applications

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  21. the serverless framework
    • open-source cli, written in nodejs, used by many

    • provider agnostic, abstraction layer

    • serverless.yml: configuration file, maps handlers to
    functions to events

    • provider, functions, events, code and resource mgmt.

    • plugin system to extend and hook into life-cycle
    the easiest way to serverless

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  22. app creation
    using AWS web UI

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  23. easy workflow
    using the serverless framework
    write functions code
    package & deploy
    cloud provider of choice
    via serverless framework (cli)

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  24. Introducing
    The Serverless Framework

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  25. pre-requisites
    • Node Package Manager (npm)
    • NodeJS 6.10 or later installed

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  26. installing
    $ npm install -g serverless
    installs the serverless framework package globally
    the serverless framework
    * NodeJS 6.10 or later needs to be installed
    $ serverless version
    $ serverless (displays the help screen with list of commands)

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  27. configuring
    $ serverless config credentials -p aws -k aws-key> -s
    -p, specifies ‘aws’ as the provider
    -k, specifies the AWS access key
    -s, specifies the AWS secret
    provider credentials

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  28. Building a
    Serverless App
    creating & deploying
    your first hello world app from scratch

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  29. creating
    $ serverless create --template hello-world --path
    Serverless: Generating boilerplate...
    Serverless: Generating boilerplate in "/Users/rupakg/projects/usergroups/atl-hello-sls"
    _______ __
    | _ .-----.----.--.--.-----.----| .-----.-----.-----.
    | |___| -__| _| | | -__| _| | -__|__ --|__ --|
    |____ |_____|__| \___/|_____|__| |__|_____|_____|_____|
    | | | The Serverless Application Framework
    | | serverless.com, v1.23.0
    Serverless: Successfully generated boilerplate for template: "hello-world"
    the hello world project

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  30. deploying
    the hello world app
    Serverless: Packaging service...
    Serverless: Excluding development dependencies...
    Serverless: Creating Stack...
    Serverless: Checking Stack create progress...
    Serverless: Stack create finished...
    Serverless: Uploading CloudFormation file to S3...
    Serverless: Uploading artifacts...
    Serverless: Uploading service .zip file to S3 (404 B)...
    Serverless: Validating template...
    Serverless: Updating Stack...
    Serverless: Checking Stack update progress...
    Serverless: Stack update finished...
    Service Information
    service: atl-hello-sls
    stage: dev
    region: us-east-1
    stack: atl-hello-sls-dev
    api keys:
    GET - https://js19nmdaa0.execute-api.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/dev/hello-world
    helloWorld: atl-hello-sls-dev-helloWorld
    Serverless: Publish service to Serverless Platform...
    Service successfully published! Your service details are available at:
    $ sls deploy

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  31. Anatomy of a
    Serverless App
    deep dive into a serverless app

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  32. listing
    the project files
    $ cd atl-hello-sls
    handler.js serverless.yml
    handler.js, contains the code for functions
    serverless.yml, contains the configuration

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  33. analyzing
    serverless.yml config file

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  34. analyzing
    handler.js code file

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  35. automagic deployment
    behind the scenes
    • package code into a zip file

    • create CloudFormation template from configuration for

    • upload zip file and CloudFormation to S3

    • validate CloudFormation template

    • create API Gateway endpoints and resources

    • finish deploying app and return app url

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  36. Development
    steps to developing a serverless app

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  37. features
    $ serverless --help
    deploy | deploy function
    deploy list | deploy list functions
    invoke | invoke local
    remove | rollback | rollback function
    logs | metrics
    common cli commands

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  38. workflows
    $ sls create
    # write code
    $ sls deploy
    # update function code
    $ sls deploy function
    $ sls info
    $ sls deploy list functions
    $ sls logs
    $ sls metrics
    common scenarios
    # add new functions
    $ sls invoke local
    $ sls deploy function
    $ sls invoke
    $ sls deploy list
    $ sls rollback
    $ sls logs
    $ sls metrics
    $ sls remove
    * sls --help, to see all available commands

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  39. resources
    • Serverless Framework: https://github.com/serverless/serverless

    • Blog: https://serverless.com/blog

    • Serverless Guide: https://github.com/serverless/guide

    • Plugins: https://github.com/serverless/plugins

    • Examples: https://github.com/serverless/examples

    • Companion Post: https://serverless.com/blog/anatomy-of-a-serverless-app/
    @goserverless serverless.com
    further reading

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    sign up to win Amazon Gift Certificate(s)
    * Need to be present to win prizes

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  41. it’s a wrap
    thank you for coming
    @goserverless serverless.com

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