Category Archives: Amazon Web Services

Simple AWS Lambda and API Gateway with Claudia.js

For any of you Node.js folks out there already using serverless frameworks like ‘The Serverless Framework‘ , you’ll definitely want to checkout the really cool Claudia.js framework…

Claudia makes it easy to deploy Node.js projects to AWS Lambda and API Gateway. It automates all the error-prone deployment and configuration tasks, and sets everything up the way JavaScript developers expect out of the box. Continue reading

Convenient Semaphore with DynamoDB

DynamoDB is a non-blocking asynchronous storage, and it is great. Mostly. However, sometimes you just need to ensure that only one instance of script accesses a certain share of information in your table. In my case it was operation or purgin+rebuilding records, which under race conditions would result in a massive data loss.

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AWS Announces Per-Second Billing

AWS recently announced they will be moving to a per-second billing model for several services, most prominently their EC2 compute and EBS storage services. Previously they used a per-hour billing model, whereby if you launched an instance you were charged for a full hour minimum, even if you shut it down 10 minutes later. The changes will go into effect on October 2nd, and also includes the EMR and Batch services. For now only Linux instances are included.

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New! AWS Migration Hub

AWS iconJust announced today is a new collection of tools to help businesses move applications to the cloud – the AWS Migration Hub.

The Hub is organized into three categories which guide users through the process and offer status tracking and updates:

  • Discover (understand all the moving parts)
  • Migrate (connect tools and start the move)
  • Track (track the status of your migrations)

The hub itself is free to use (but you will be charged for the use of AWS Services during the move.)

Read more about it here and let us know if you decide to give it a try!

Serverless v1.14 released

We love Serverless technology here at Boyle Software – being able to build applications comprised of microservices, which run in response to events, auto-scaling, being able to focus on the business problems rather than infrastructure, lower costs etc – the list goes on.

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Amazon AI: Rekognition, Lex, Polly

Amazon launched AWS over 11 years ago, and it’s fair to say they’ve been the leader in Infrastructure as a Service for nearly all of the time since then. However when it comes to higher, application level services, they’ve lagged a bit behind the competition. However with the recent launch of several new offerings, they’re beginning to close that gap. At Amazon re:Invent 2016 in November, they launched a suite of services focused around Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing.

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TechTalk Wrap Up: Stacy

Lev Gimelfarb discusses StacyThis past Wednesday evening, at our HQ in New York, Boyle Software’s VP of R&D Lev Gimelfarb gave an excellent TechTalk on his latest development effort: Stacy. It was a fantastic way to reinvigorate our TechTalk series after a long hiatus! We had a good turn out of Boyle Software employees as well as several colleagues, clients, and friends. Pizza was consumed, beverages were imbibed, and we all learned some new things…

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Stacy: S3-served dynamic websites

Stacy - partial diagramServing a website from Amazon S3 is great: it’s fast, it’s inexpensive, and it doesn’t require maintaining a web server. But this simplicity can be limiting, coming at a price: you can only serve absolutely static files; there is no server-side logic whatsoever.

On the other hand, we are now seeing the rise of so called “API-first content management systems.” These systems, in true cloud spirit, are usually provided as a hosted service, give you  a standardized user interface for structuring and managing your content, but do not deal with any aspects of your content presentation. They don’t deal with themes, templates, pages, etc. Instead, you have a fast and simple RESTful API that gives you access to your content and you are free to render it with whatever presentation you want outside of the CMS.

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AWS: Elastic File System

AWS Elastic File SystemAmazon recently announced their Elastic File System (EFS) service is now available for production use. The service was previously only available in preview mode for a single region, but is now available in production for the US West Oregon, US East Virginia and EU Ireland regions.  EFS is a service similar to Elastic Block Storage (EBS) which provides disk mounted storage for EC2 instances, with a couple of key differences.

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