AWS Lambda Nods to Node.js Devs with Version Upgrade
Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), with a formidable head start in the serverless computing arena among major cloud providers, is continuing to court coders, most recently with a Node.js update to its AWS Lambda service.
AWS seeks to attract developers to its serverless service as the company is challenged by other providers, principally: Microsoft with its Azure Functions running on the Microsoft Azure cloud; Google with its Google Cloud Platform currently offering a beta service called Cloud Functions; and IBM, with its OpenWhisk running on the Bluemix service.
All are part of the hot serverless space, defined by Wikipedia as a "cloud computing code execution model in which the cloud provider fully manages starting and stopping of a function's container platform as a service (PaaS) as necessary to serve requests, and requests are billed by an abstract measure of the resources required to satisfy the request, rather than per virtual machine, per hour."
fits that bill perfectly. It lets developers run code -- typically in response to events -- without provisioning or managing servers, paying only for compute time consumed. AWS has steadily added new language and other technology support to the service as it has evolved and matured, and yesterday announced support for the latest version of the Node.js
As support for Node.js v4.3 remains, developers choosing the runtime for their new Lambda functions now have the options of: C#, Edge Node.js 4.3, Java 8, Node.js 4.3, Node.js 6.10 and Python 2.7.
AWS has been consistently expanding its support of languages and runtimes since Lambda went GA, for example adding Java support in June 2015 and C# support last December.
The Node.js upgrade means AWS Lambda developers now have access to the latest long term support (LTS) version of Node.js, called Boron, that was named an active LTS release last October. Node.js v4 (Argon) started as an LTS offering in October 2015.
AWS announced its Node.js upgrade in a post yesterday. "You can now develop your AWS Lambda functions using Node.js v6.10," it said.
"You simply upload your Node code as a ZIP using the AWS CLI or Lambda console and select the Node.js v6.10 runtime. You can also use the AWS Serverless Application Model to package and deploy Lambda functions. Lambda takes care of everything required to run and scale your code with high availability."
More information about the Node.js programming model can be found in the Lambda documentation.
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.