Newsletter 2022 week 31

August 7, 2022

This week was my first week solely working as a freelancer. That is scary but exciting too :)!

In this weekly newsletter, I write a summary of posts that got my attention during the week. I center around topics AWS, DevOps, Architecture, AWS CDK, Serverless, Data Engineering, Data Analytics and much more.

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Aurora Serverless v2 PostgreSQL vs. provisioned Aurora PostgreSQL

That is an interesting article that compares the costs from Aurora Serverless v2 PostgreSQL vs Aurora PostgreSQL. And as you can read in the article it isn't always cheaper! Actually, it seems Aurora Serverless should be avoided when you have high DB traffic. So therefore perhaps use it for development and later consider switching to Aurora on-demand!

Thanks a lot to the author Ian Binder

CDK: Certificate Handling with Custom Resources

In this article, the author uses AWS CDK Custom Resources to solve a problem with DNS validating a certificate. As the custom domain isn't managed by Route 53 you can't use the standard route53 constructs to do that. Super smart how the author solved it by using a custom resource.

Thanks a lot to the author Jochen Zehnder

Containers vs Serverless

Super experiment article about containers vs serverless. It gives a short introduction to each and then the author gives his opinion. I agree with the author. If you want to know whom we are betting on then read the article!

Thanks a lot to the author Blake Green.

Allow only what your Lambda code needs

A nice article to explain the necessity of least-privilege IAM permissions.

Thanks a lot to the author Jones Zachariah Noel

Pros and Cons of Public Cloud WAFs

A critical summary of public Cloud WAF and when you should and shouldn't use them.

Thanks a lot to the author Alessandro Fael Garcia

It's never too late: Mechanical engineer to Web developer

An impressive short story from an engineer changing career from a mechanical engineer to a web developer. Very cool and inspiring :)!

Thanks a lot to the author Sagar Panchal

Styled Components in Material UI (MUI) with Styled Utility

A nice example of how to use React-styled components together with MUI / (former Material UI).

Thanks a lot to the author Rasaf Ibrahim

What Does The Future Hold For Serverless?

Super exciting article is about the future development of serverless. I totally agree that more analytic tools/capabilities on how to optimize the architecture would be great.

Thanks a lot to the author Allen Helton.

Is AWS support really this terrible?

An interesting discussion about how the support with AWS is and how it can be improved.

Selling an AMI and a CloudFormation template as an alternative to SaaS

Interesting article on how to use the AWS Marketplace with AMI and CloudFormation type to earn money. As well the story of product marbot from is super fascinating.

Thanks a lot to the author Andreas Wittig

DynamoDB Pros & Cons

A short introduction to AWS DynamoDB. Really good if you don't know much about DynamoDB.

Thanks a lot to the author Roy

Managing Secrets in Your DevOps Pipeline

Contains some useful guidelines when managing secrets.

Thanks a lot to the author PAVAN BELAGATTI

A Simple Guide to CI/CD For Total Beginners in 2022

Explains the idea of CI/CD and why we need it. Gives a quick round trip for some CI/CD tools.

Thanks a lot to the author Scofield Idehen

Final Words

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