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Wes Bos

Wes Bos

XL5G3 Full Stack JavaScript Developer. Creator of really good web development courses. BBQ enthusiast.

Scott Tolinski

Scott Tolinski

Web Developer, NX2V1, Creator of Level Up Tuts, Bboy, Robotops Crew and Youtuber

Playing: 224: Serverless / Cloud Functions - Part 1



Feb 19th, 2020

Serverless / Cloud Functions - Part 1

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In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk about serverless and cloud providers - the benefits, limitations, providers and more!

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Show Notes

4:05 - What is Serverless?

  • URL driven
  • Startup/shut down (Heroku works this way)
  • Digital Ocean droplet works differently

8:15 - What are the benefits?

  • Scale up specific functions rather than everything - aka potentially cheaper
  • Security - your singular server instance being hacked is not a possibility
  • Less knowledge overhead required
    • You don't need to manage your own server
    • Empowers front-end devs to do more
  • Faster deploys
    • Only re-deploy the code that changed

17:05 - What can you host on Serverless?

  • Static Files - SPA (React)
  • Single functions
  • It can be in JS, Python, GO, PHP

18:07 - What can't you host on Serverless?

  • Entire applications
  • Large apps have slow coldstarts
  • 500mb limit

23:40 - Raw Providers

  • Google Cloud
  • Azure
  • AWS Lambda
  • SAP
  • Red Hat
  • IBM Cloud Functions
  • Cloudflare Workers
  • Kind of cool because they work like service workers where you can intercept any HTTP request

27:33 - Easy Providers + Frameworks

  • Begin + Arc.codes
  • Zeit Now + Next.js
  • Anything + Serverless
  • Netlify
  • AWS Amplify
  • Apex Up - TJ Holowaychuk
  • Open Faas + Digital Ocean


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