Serverless / AWS Lambda was a session at IndieWebCamp NYC2 2016.
Notes archived from: https://etherpad.indieweb.org/serverless
Video at: https://youtu.be/H0Hq2NDdhEM
When: 2016-08-27 13:30
Thin HTTP wrapper (GET, POST, paths)
In this sessions, we'll be going through a quick hello world / install using their README
- create a Python virtual environment
- install dependencies
- create a project
- set up AWS credentials ~/.aws/config
- ran into setup issues beyond the scope of a quick session
Digging in to a working example.
- output from Chalice is a lambda function that is uploaded to AWS Lambda. Looking at the resulting lambda in the console.
- example app is triggered by an AWS cron that calls the lambda every 10 or 15 minutes
- this particular app:
- queries Twitter API for trending hashtags
- grabs the volume of tweets
- searches whois data for hashtag + ".com"
- if domain is available, add the domain and tweet volume to a google spreadsheet
For indieweb projects, Chalice makes it easy to use the AWS lambda http endpoints.
- For example, could make a Chalice-based micropub endpoint that adds posts to a GitHub Pages site
- AWS lambda also supports lots of other triggers, such as IoT buttons
- e.g. send a micropub post to your site when you push a button
AWS Lambda frees you from dealing with operating systems, hosting hardware, etc.