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Authentication at the edge with Lambda@Edge and Cognito

For many years, we used a hosting partner for serving the Rapid Docker on AWS Video Course. When someone bought the video course, we created a user account with our partner. The hosting partner provided a website to watch the videos and a login form. Fo...

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Unboxing S3 Object Lambda

Amazon S3 Object Lambda offers a way to execute a Lambda function when someone wants to download a file (GetObject) from an S3 bucket. You can implement whatever logic you wish and return any data as the response via the WriteGetObjectResponse API. Keep...

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Serving content only to logged-in users with CloudFront Signed Cookies

This blog can be accessed by anyone with access to the free Internet. It’s a public website. But many websites offer a members-only area. You have to log in to get access to parts of the website. In this blog post, I demonstrate how CloudFront can be us...

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Programming your CDN: CloudFront and Lambda@Edge

Minimizing the load time of your websites and applications is essential for two reasons. First, search engines rank websites based on page load times. Second, users are impatient and might cancel loading your application to jump to a competitor instead....

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Serverless Hybrid Cloud: Accessing an API Gateway via VPN or Direct Connect

Recently, I’ve been coaching a team building a Serverless application. The extraordinary thing about it? We had to create a solution fitting into the hybrid cloud approach of the organization. An essential requirement was that the Serverless application...

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How to enable CORS on API Gateway with Lambda proxy integration?

When building single-page applications (SPA), you will sooner or later stumble upon Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS). In short, a browser does only allow requests to the same same origin (domain, protocol and port), that was used for the initial req...

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What's the best AWS Compute option for your project?

There are many good reasons why you should move to the cloud and AWS in particular. Benefit from the latest innovations or consume sophisticated technology as a commodity (relational databases, Hadoop clusters, data warehouses, …) to lower your time to ...

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Calling AppSync GraphQL from Lambda

AWS AppSync provides an easy way to run a GraphQL API that triggers AWS Lambda functions and other AWS services. If you start with AppSync, you likely have existing systems running next to it. Sooner or later, you want to call the GraphQL API from your ...

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Download YouTube videos with AWS Lambda and store them on S3

Recently, I was faced with the challenge to download videos from YouTube and store them on S3. Sounds easy? Remember than Lambda comes with a few limitations: 512 MB of disk space available at /tmp 3008 MB of memory 15 minutes maximum execution time ...

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Customized rate limiting for API Gateway by path parameter, query parameter, and more

API Gateway provides a feature to limit the number of requests a client can make per second (rate) and per day/week/month (quota). Rate limiting is very useful to protect your system from resource starvation caused by a client flooding your system with ...

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Rich Social Sharing with single page applications hosted on S3 and delivered via CloudFront

You undoubtedly heard about single page applications (SPA) written with frameworks like Angular or React. One of the benefits of this approach is the possibility to host the static files (HTML, js, CSS, etc.) on a simple storage solution like S3 and put...

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Introducing AWS Lambda

You don’t need a virtual machine to run your own source code any more as AWS Lambda offers execution environments for Java, JavaScript (Node.js), C#, Go, and Python. All you need to do is to implement a function, upload your source code and configure th...

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Your Lambda function might execute twice. Be prepared!

Are you confused when scheduled Lambdas execute twice, SNS messages trigger an invocation three times, your handmade S3 inventory is out of date because events occurred twice? Bad news: Sooner or later, your Lambda function will be invoked multiple time...

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Send CloudWatch Alarms to Slack with AWS Lambda

As we all know, things go wrong. That’s why monitoring and alerting are essential topics. Wouldn’t it be nice, if problems in your AWS account would show up in Slack? So you can react quickly while using your favorite messaging tool. In this blog post, ...

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Passwordless database authentication for AWS Lambda

Does your serverless application need to access an RDS database? Where do you store the username and the password required to authenticate with the database? Storing the password in plain text within your source code should not be an option. Same is tru...

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Engaging your users with AWS Step Functions

Imagine a new user signs up for your service. You send an automated welcome message to your new user explaining how the service works. But what if your user struggles with the first steps? You want to send a second email with additional information. To ...

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The Cloud Switch: IoT Button, Lambda, and CloudFormation

Last one out turns off the light. What works for boring light bulbs can be adopted to your cloud infrastructure as well. Are you using a development and testing environment that is only used during working hours? Why not turning off the cloud infrastruc...

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AWS Velocity Series: Serverless app

The API Gateway provides an HTTPS endpoint that invokes a Lambda function when a request arrives. The diagram was created with Cloudcraft - Visualize your cloud architecture like a pro. As you can see, there is not much infrastructure to set up. To mak...

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Designing asynchronous event systems with AWS IoT and Serverless Application Model (SAM)

An event system receives and processes events by following rules that are defined inside the system. All processing happens asynchronously. When an event is sent to the system, it is processed at some point in time, but you will not get an immediate res...

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AWS Advent has started: Deploy your AWS Infrastructure Continuously

AWS Advent is a yearly exploration of AWS in 24 parts contributed by volunteers from the AWS community. Follow @AWSAdvent and get inspired on a daily basis. I open this year’s AWS Advent with a post on Deploy your AWS Infrastructure Continuously Conti...

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