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Discussion on: What software development tools (libraries/frameworks/apps/whatever) make you feel most anxious while you're working with them?

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Cody Pearce

AWS. The web interface is really complicated and I always worry I'm going to some how rack up a huge bill by doing something wrong.

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Jaaki

That is the number one reason I decided to go with Google Cloud, as it's easier to use.

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Will Ceolin

I have a similar fear when using Firebase. The web interface is okay but logging/debugging is really poor. For example, we pay by the number of reads/writes we do to the database.

One day I was setting up a side project and I was getting like 1,000 reads every time I opened up my app. It was freaking hard to debug where those reads were coming from as they don't provide a way to see stats by documents in the database.

I'm always afraid I'm going to do something stupid and end up having a huge bill.

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Jaaki

The way firebase works is that all the debugging should be done on your app's side, unless the problem was with cloud functions.

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leob • Edited

AWS pricing is notoriously complicated and opaque.

I did a price calculation recently, comparing what it would cost to host something on AWS versus Linode, and I was pretty shocked to find that data transfer out was approximately 9 times more expensive per Gigabyte compared to Linode (I'm not affiliated to Linode in any way, although I've been a happy user for a couple of years).

But this is nothing new, I believe that billing being notoriously complex and nontransparent (and expensive compared to competitors) is a known thing with AWS.