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Looking at AWS Amplify

AWS Amplify is a collection of tools from AWS to help you build applications.

Allow me to set the stage here to try to make that as clear as I know how. I have a friend (true story) who wants to build an app centered around physical training. His wife is a physical trainer, and they think perhaps there is some money to be made. It’s not entirely specced out, but perhaps the app sells access to personalized training programs, … Read article “Looking at AWS Amplify”

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Building Your First Serverless Service With AWS Lambda Functions

Many developers are at least marginally familiar with AWS Lambda functions. They’re reasonably straightforward to set up, but the vast AWS landscape can make it hard to see the big picture. With so many different pieces it can be daunting, and frustratingly hard to see how they fit seamlessly into a normal web application.

The Serverless framework is a huge help here. It streamlines the creation, deployment, and most significantly, the integration of Lambda functions into a web app. To … Read article “Building Your First Serverless Service With AWS Lambda Functions”

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Getting into GraphQL with AWS AppSync

GraphQL is becoming increasingly popular. The problem is that if you are a front-end developer, you are only half of the way there. GraphQL is not just a client technology. The server also has to be implemented according to the specification. This means that in order to implement GraphQL into your application, you need to learn not only GraphQL on the front end, but also GraphQL best practices, server-side development, and everything that goes along with it on the back … Read article “Getting into GraphQL with AWS AppSync”

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“Serverless”

I made a site all about serverless and how it relates to front-end developers.

Every time I use the word “serverless”, which is somewhat regularly lately, as we’ve had a few articles using the term lately and use the concept at CodePen for a variety of things, I get some version of:

CMON BRAH YOU’RE STILL USING “SERVERS”.

And they aren’t wrong. Yes, when you build things on the web, there are always servers involved. … Read article ““Serverless””

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Build a Custom Serverless CMS: Part 2

In our previous proof-of-concept demo, we built a bare bones admin for generating a web page with the ability to edit some text on the page and set the site title and description. For this next demo, we build on our example and add rich text editing and image upload capabilities.… Read article “Build a Custom Serverless CMS: Part 2”

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Build a Custom CMS for a Serverless Static Site Generator

Static Site Website Generators have been getting increasingly popular within the last 2 years. Much has been written (like this and this) and there have been many great open source projects and even funded companies launched to help you get up and running.

What if I told you that you could build a Static Site Generator with your own custom CMS without the need for a database? Not just that, but we can get to Hello World! in under … Read article “Build a Custom CMS for a Serverless Static Site Generator”