Serverless from the trenches 1: Protect your stack from deletion

It’s time to talk about the everyday challenges of serverless. Whenever I scroll through the latest blog posts on serverless it feels like there are only two types of problems in the field: how do I get started and how do I architect my solution. But what about all the day-to-day problems that developers and DevOps encounter when dealing with serverless? From simple deployment issues like protecting your stack from deletion to stress-testing your solution using serverless techniques.

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The Scientific Method of User Data Analysis

I’m proud to say that at Periscope, we’re a data-driven company. We need to be. That means that data does more than just retroactively measure projects that have been completed. We use data to do more than just answer questions, we also use it to tell us which questions to ask. We even use data to tell us if the ultimate value is worth committing the resources necessary to answer the questions we’ve identified.


Is Parkinson’s Law threatening your team’s projects?

Think about the last time you worked on a large group project. Go ahead — let out that inevitable groan. Now, think about the last time you worked on a group project that was completed ahead of schedule. Yep, we hear those crickets too. Team projects are notorious for taking far more time than expected, which means you don’t have to go far to find some famous examples.


Three Levels of Change: The Good, the Bad and the Approved

What I’ve found throughout the years is that the only constant in life is the fact that everything changes and changes frequently. I can’t even get a consistent scenery on my way to work longer than a couple of weeks before something is different! At the same time, the world of technology is in constant flux whether it’s new technology or updates to automated tools that interact with all sorts of servers or services running throughout an environment.


The Trade Desk: Lessons We Learned Migrating from Homegrown Monitoring to Prometheus

The Trade Desk provides a self-service, cloud-based platform for buyers of online advertising. Since its founding in 2009, TTD has grown into a publicly traded company with more than 900 employees and a market cap of $8.89 billion. The company recently moved from an old monitoring system based on Nagios, Graphite, and a number of homegrown pieces of software, to something more standard, based on Prometheus.