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Stacks on Stacks is a serverless technology blog by Stackery.
DevOps, best practices, Serverless, api

Think Twice Before Decomposing Your Apis For Serverless

By Chase Douglas

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 this the best way to build an api service? Read on ..
Process Improvements, DevOps, best practices, Serverless, cloud infrastructure

The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Serverless

By Marketing

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 of those questions for myself and others who might be new to the space. I now present to you the 5 W’s of serverless: Who? What? When? Where? And Why? Read on ..
DevOps, Serverless, cloud infrastructure

Serverless Is Awesome For APIs

By Chase Douglas

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 when they are used for API services. Read on ..
DevOps, Serverless, cloud infrastructure

Managed Services: the No-Ops We've Been Looking For?

By Marketing

I've been hearing increasing chatter about an (arguably still mythical) trend towards NoOps. From my perspective, NoOps is the idealization that infrastructure can become so abstracted and automated that no dedicated Ops team is required to manage it. Read on ..
DevOps, best practices, Serverless, cloud infrastructure

Error Handling In A Serverless World

By Chase Douglas

Error handling is tricky. The easiest thing you can do with an error, and some argue the best thing to do, is to let the error do its thing and take your application down with it. There is merit to this approach, especially for unhandled exceptions, because by definition the application is in an unknown state. Read on ..
DevOps, Serverless, cloud infrastructure

S3 Bucket Support

By Chase Douglas

Stackery now supports Object Stores! On Amazon AWS, Object Stores map to S3 buckets. Support for Object Stores was the most frequently requested feature for Stackery, so we're excited to make it available to customers. There are many serverless use cases that involve object stores. One common use case is a workflow where file uploads to an object store trigger processing jobs. Imagine a video file is uploaded to a bucket, which then triggers a serverless function that fires up a Docker service to transcode the file into alternative formats. Another use case is a design competition that receives application uploads then uses functions to generate rendered images of submissions. Read on ..
DevOps, Career

Breaking into DevOps

By Marketing

DevOps roles are not only one of the hardest roles to fill, they're also one of the fastest-growing roles in demand. This is good news if you're looking to shift your career trajectory, but it also means that the definition of this role is still actively changing. So, before we dig into how to get a DevOps job, let's focus first on what DevOps is. Read on ..
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