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Full Stack Serverless: Modern Application Development with React, AWS, and GraphQL 1st Edition
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Cloud computing is typically associated with backend development and DevOps. But with the rise of serverless technologies and a new generation of services and frameworks, frontend and mobile developers can build robust applications with production-ready features such as authentication and authorization, API gateways, chatbots, augmented reality scenes, and more. This hands-on guide shows you how.
Nader Dabit, developer advocate at Amazon Web Services, guides you through the process of building full stack applications using React, AWS, GraphQL, and AWS Amplify. You’ll learn how to create and incorporate services into your client applications while learning general best practices, deployment strategies, rich media management, and continuous integration and delivery along the way.
- Learn how to build serverless applications that solve real problems
- Understand what is (and isn’t) possible when using these technologies
- Create a GraphQL API that interacts with DynamoDB and a NoSQL database
- Examine how authentication works—and learn the difference between authentication and authorization
- Get an in-depth view of how serverless functions work and why they’re important
- Build full stack applications on AWS and create offline apps with Amplify DataStore
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Why I Wrote This Book
When I first learned how to code I had no idea how broad of a spectrum software development was. All I wanted to do was to build an app. Oh boy, I learned how naive I was at that time once I started digging into and piecing together all of the things that it took to accomplish what I wanted to do.
One of the main things I learned was that applications typically consisted of two main parts: frontend (or client-side code) and backend APIs and services. At the time, cloud technologies were in their infancy and learning how to build full stack applications was overwhelming to say the least! This was made even harder because I wanted to build native mobile apps, and I learned that building mobile apps was much tougher to get started with than building web applications.
Fast-forward almost 10 years and the landscape is starting to look much different. Things that once took a large team of developers to do can now sometimes be accomplished by a single developer.
Tools like React Native, Flutter, and Cordova allow developers to build and ship cross-platform mobile applications using a single codebase. Cloud technologies like AWS Amplify, Firebase, and others allow the same developers to also leverage the cloud to build out the backends much more rapidly than ever before.
I think we are coming into a new paradigm where it is easier than ever to become a full stack developer and the definition of what a full stack developer is is starting to change. I wrote this book to lay out my vision of what this new paradigm looks like in practice and to showcase a technology that has been created specifically to take advantage of the most cutting-edge frontend and cloud technologies. What I am describing in this book is, in my opinion, the future of software engineering.
Who This Book Is For
This book is for any software engineer looking to build full stack applications, especially those interested in cloud computing. It is also aimed at frontend developers looking to learn how to use their existing skill set to build full stack applications using cloud technologies.
It is also a good resource for CTOs and startup founders looking to maximize efficiency and move with the most developer velocity possible while using the fewest resources. The techniques outlined in this book are ideal for rapid prototyping and fast experimentation, allowing developers and founders to get their idea to market quickly and have a product that is also scalable and durable should it succeed.
About the Author
Nader Dabit is a web and mobile developer, who specializes in building cross-platform and cloud-enabled applications. At Amazon Web Services, he works with the client teams to help develop features and improve developer experience for client-side SDKs. Prior to working with AWS, Nader trained companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, and American Express on how to build applications using the React and React Native frameworks through his company React Native Training.
- Publisher : O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (August 4, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492059897
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492059899
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.39 x 9.19 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #330,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It don’t go deep into some of the aspects of server-less offerings. Likes of Dynamo DB, and some aspects of GraphQL.
I would have loved to see some pricing aspects of cloud services.
It’s mostly instructional book, which relies heavily on code. Which is great.
I enjoyed it throughly. It’s fluent & easy read. Not a dull moment. I like the choices of examples in book.
One thing lacking was cons of server-less but honestly seemed like out of scope for this book.
But would have appreciated more if Author noted further learnings & books to read. And some gotchas.
However, it is short of depth and much of the content could be de-duplicated. To some extent, the content of this book is better for an online crash course rather than a printed book.
By james on December 25, 2020
That said, if you have $59.99 to spend and do not know the basics of serverless architectures, this is worth the money... if only by saving on your monthly AWS bill ;)
Instead the book is basically nothing but console logs of all the AWS wizards. Almost complete garbage ... but if you want someone to hold your hand through those automated wizards, this book does do a good job of that (so I didn't give it one star).
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However this book did not provide any more value other then what’s already provided in the free guides.
There’s a lot that AWS Amplify can do that is mentioned in the AWS docs, but this only scratches the surface.
To anyone reading this, you are better off reading Nader’s free content and example projects on GitHub.