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Bryce Dorn
Bryce Dorn

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Serverless for small projects = πŸ’―

Serverless is an event-driven framework that I can confidently say is now my go-to for small projects. Paired with the one-click devops solutions that AWS provides, I can dedicate time to the project itself instead of trying to implement a fully-fledged production architecture right off the bat.

I started on a side project recently and chose Serverless to see what it was all about. Here are some a-ha! moments that made me happy with my decision:

Familiar build process with serverless-webpack βš™οΈ

  • Node/React/TypeScript/Babel/other buzzwords

100% uptime ⏱

  • No 'sleeping' like other free tiers *cough* Heroku *cough*

Instant local server with serverless-offline πŸ› 

Effortless deploys πŸš€

Easy domain/SSL πŸ”’

  • Purchased domain on Route53, one-click DNS config
  • Free Amazon-issued SSL cert, one click to use with CloudFront

And just to cover both sides, here are some gripes I had:

  • Initial AWS credential setup was a hassle, but only need to do it once.
  • I'm locked in for the time being. But obviously if I breach $100k in AWS bills, I'll have the resources to build on Kubernetes.

And that's my case for Serverless in this context. For small projects, the trade-offs are self-evident. Stay tuned for more on how to start your own! ⚑️

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