The 6 Concepts You Need To Know Before Trying Serverless

What you need to know before building serverless applications with confidence.

So you’ve been hearing a lot about Serverless? Maybe you’ve started to see some tell-tale signs your app could be broken down into microservices?

Serverless is a really awesome technology in the realms of Cloud Native Software Engineering. But, it can be a bit of a hard concept to get your ahead around if you’re not already familiar with many concepts of serverless.

Serverless computing as a principle is fairly easy to understand. But in order to effectively work with Serverless there are some other concepts that you should know about before you get going. And today we’re going to cover some of these unknown unknowns for working with serverless.

Today we’re going to discuss the following 6 concepts you need to know in order to get going with Serverless: Cloud Provider Knowledge, Microservices, Distributed Systems, Deployments, Monitoring & Observability and Infrastructure as Code.

By the end of this article you should know the main concepts related to serverless and you should be confident in developing your own Serverless application!

Infrastructure As Code: A Quick And Simple Explanation.

And why ALL infrastructure should be in code

One of the most essential topics when you’re a Cloud Native Software Engineer is a concept called Infrastructure as Code. And it’s becoming an even more essential topic with the growth in Cloud Native technology like Serverless as Infrastructure as Code is a key Serverless concept.

Yesterday as I started writing the second part to the series on monolith to Microservice series I realised I couldn’t start the post until I had addressed the essential topic of Infrastructure As Code.

Just like many concepts in technology, infrastructure as code sounds scary. But in reality it’s a simple concept that any software engineer (or would be software engineer) can easily understand. I promise. Once you get over the first few hurdles you’ll wonder why you didn’t explore it sooner.

By the end of this article you will understand what Infrastructure as Code is, why you need it and why you should ALWAYS create infrastructure in code and not manually. 

What is a Cloud Native Software Engineer?

And what it means for a Software Engineers Career.

Knowing just the basics of Software Engineering isn’t enough to thrive in today’s market. Many Software Engineers need to have drastically more knowledge of cloud platforms than they currently do.

Why? That’s today’s question. We’re going to be discussing what a Cloud Native Software Engineer is, why they exist, what their skills are and ultimately what that means for you as a Software Engineer.

By the end of this article you should know exactly what a Cloud Native Software Engineer is and why that matters for your career in Software Engineering.