Chromium and Selenium in AWS Lambda

Chromium is the open source browser from which Google Chrome derives. Browsers share most of the code and functionality. However, they differ in terms of license, and Chromium does not support Flash, does not have an automatic update system, and does not collect usage and crash statistics. We will see that these differences do not affect the potential of the project in the least and that, thanks to Chromium, we can perform many interesting tasks within our Lambda functions.

Selenium is a well-known framework dedicated to testing web applications. We are particularly interested in Selenium WebDriver, a tool that allows to control all the main browsers available today, including Chrome/Chromium.

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Chromium and Selenium in AWS Lambda

Chromium and Selenium in AWS Lambda

Chromium is the open source browser from which Google Chrome derives. Browsers share most of the code and functionality. However, they differ in terms of license, and Chromium does not support Flash, does not have an automatic update system, and does not collect usage and crash statistics. We will see that these differences do not affect the potential of the project in the least and that, thanks to Chromium, we can perform many interesting tasks within our Lambda functions.

Selenium is a well-known framework dedicated to testing web applications. We are particularly interested in Selenium WebDriver, a tool that allows to control all the main browsers available today, including Chrome/Chromium.

#chromium #python #aws-lambda #selenium

Cross-account access to invoke AWS lambda using AWS CDK

If you are here, you may have a pretty good knowledge of how to use AWS CDK for defining cloud infrastructure in code and provisioning it through AWS. So let’s get started on how to grant permission to your lambda function to access the resources in another AWS account.

Let’s say you have two accounts called Account A and Account B, and you need to give permission to lambda function in Account A (ex: 11111111)to access the resources in Account B(22222222). You can easily do this by assuming an IAM Role in Account B and then uses the returned credentials to invoke AWS resources in Account B.

#acces #account #aws #lambda #aws lambda #aws cdk

Cache secrets using AWS Lambda extensions

What is the AWS Lambda extension?

A month back AWS announced a preview of Lambda Extensions, a new way to easily integrate Lambda with your favorite monitoring, observability, security, and governance tools. Extensions can be published as Lambda layers, there are two types are extension:

  • Internal extensions → Run as part of the runtime process, in-process with your code. Internal extensions enable use cases such as automatically instrumenting code.
  • External extensions → Allow you to run separate processes from the runtime but still within the same execution environment as the Lambda function. External extensions can start before the runtime process and can continue after the runtime shuts down. These extensions run as companion processes to Lambda functions.

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Gordon  Matlala

Gordon Matlala

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Adding Code to AWS Lambda, Lambda Layers, and Lambda Extensions Using Docker

2020 was a difficult year for all of us, and it was no different for engineering teams. Many software releases were postponed, and the industry slowed its development speed quite a bit.

But at least at AWS, some teams released updates out of the door at the end of the year. AWS Lambda received two significant improvements:

  • AWS Lambda Extensions; and
  • Support of Docker images for your functions.

With these two new features and Lambda Layers, we now have three ways to add code to Lambda that isn’t directly part of our Lambda function.

The question is now: when should we use what?

In this article, I try to shine some light on the Lambda Layers, Lambda Extensions, and Docker image for Lambda.

First things first. All these Lambda features can be used together. So if you think about where to put your code, at least your decisions aren’t mutually exclusive. You can upload a Docker image and attach a regular Lambda Layer and a Lambda Extension. The same is possible if your Lambda function is based on a ZIP archive.

What does this all mean? Keep reading and find out.

#aws #aws-lambda #serverless #devops #docker #lambda

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Seamus Quitzon

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AWS Cost Allocation Tags and Cost Reduction

Bob had just arrived in the office for his first day of work as the newly hired chief technical officer when he was called into a conference room by the president, Martha, who immediately introduced him to the head of accounting, Amanda. They exchanged pleasantries, and then Martha got right down to business:

“Bob, we have several teams here developing software applications on Amazon and our bill is very high. We think it’s unnecessarily high, and we’d like you to look into it and bring it under control.”

Martha placed a screenshot of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) billing report on the table and pointed to it.

“This is a problem for us: We don’t know what we’re spending this money on, and we need to see more detail.”

Amanda chimed in, “Bob, look, we have financial dimensions that we use for reporting purposes, and I can provide you with some guidance regarding some information we’d really like to see such that the reports that are ultimately produced mirror these dimensions — if you can do this, it would really help us internally.”

“Bob, we can’t stress how important this is right now. These projects are becoming very expensive for our business,” Martha reiterated.

“How many projects do we have?” Bob inquired.

“We have four projects in total: two in the aviation division and two in the energy division. If it matters, the aviation division has 75 developers and the energy division has 25 developers,” the CEO responded.

Bob understood the problem and responded, “I’ll see what I can do and have some ideas. I might not be able to give you retrospective insight, but going forward, we should be able to get a better idea of what’s going on and start to bring the cost down.”

The meeting ended with Bob heading to find his desk. Cost allocation tags should help us, he thought to himself as he looked for someone who might know where his office is.

#aws #aws cloud #node js #cost optimization #aws cli #well architected framework #aws cost report #cost control #aws cost #aws tags