aws-serverless-express is a NodeJS-based API framework used for mimicking the routing capabilities of ExpressJS framework inside Lambda functions. This article aims to explain the pros & cons of using this library. Well if I manage to identify your probable identity, you came to the right place as this article intends to showcase the good and bad things about AWS serverless express framework from an architect’s point of view.
Is aws-serverless-express good or bad for your application’s migration use-case?
aws-serverless-express is a NodeJS-based API framework used for mimicking the routing capabilities of ExpressJS framework inside Lambda functions. This article aims to explain the pros & cons of using this library.
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Well if I manage to identify your probable identity, you came to the right place as this article intends to showcase the good and bad things about AWS serverless express framework from an architect’s point of view.
Knowing the differences between lambda-based and classic express helps in assessing the value that they offer to your architecture
In order for us to give a fair assessment of the pros & cons of aws-serverless-express, we have to understand the critical differences between the classic and lambda-based express frameworks.
Understanding differences between the frameworks’ hosting environments will help you get a better understanding of the premises mentioned later in the article
aws-serverless-express is meant to run inside Lambda Functions, while the classic ExpressJS is expected to run inside virtual machines or Docker containers. This means that the serverless-based express is not capable of retaining any form of state due to the random execution location of Lambda-functions between a region’s availability zones.
This also means that the lambda-based framework can be cheaper and more scalable and it offers you more efficiency compared to the traditional one.
Application state plays a critical role on authenticating and authorising HTTP request on APIs.
aws-serverless-express does not manage state because its meant to run across different underlying lambda functions. This means that any form of attempt to store session-related state inside the API instance will cause failures as lambda functions tend to evaporate after 15 minutes of idle compute time.
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