serverless

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serverless is doublethink jargon that misleadingly refers to web applications that completely depend on someone else’s servers (rather than no servers as a literal interpretation would imply), often through proprietary function as a service (FaaS) services, like AWS_Lambda, which have been used for experimental IndieWeb building blocks implementations.

There are definitions of ❝serverless❞ that also include backend as a service (BaaS) services, e.g. Serverless Architectures.

IndieWeb members have experimented with ❝serverless❞ services for various building blocks such as Micropub endpoints.

Criticism

Lock-in

Due to use on proprietary FaaS/BaaS, typical ❝serverless❞ implementations suffer from a lock-in effect, from code that depends on those proprietary APIs, data formats etc.

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