Thursday, March 2, 2017

The bait and switch of open source

Great presentation by Katrina Owen. You need to sign up for a Safari Books account but (at this time) its free and does not require a credit card. If you don't want to give them your email, just use mailinator or something.

Some good points from this talk:

  • Understand the the difference of "issues" vs "symptoms" in your product
  • When explaining your product, talk about it's benefits, not its features
  • "Manage your energy rather than your time"

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Boilerplate Java for AWS Lambda invoked from AWS API Gateway

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

public class LambdaAPIGateway {

    public Map<String, Object> handleRequest(Map<String, Object> request, Context context) {
        LambdaLogger logger = context.getLogger();
        logger.log("Function version: " + context.getFunctionVersion() + "; ");
        logger.log("Event: " + request.toString());
        String bodyAsJson = "{\"data\":\"ok\"}";
        Map<String, Object> result = Respond(200, bodyAsJson, context);
        return result;

    public static Map<String, Object> Respond(int httpStatus, String bodyAsJson, Context context)  {
        Map<String, Object> retval = new HashMap<>();
         Response MUST be in a specific format with "headers"; "statusCode" and "body" ONLY
         Example: { "headers": {"Content-Type":"application/json"}, "body":"...", "statusCode":200 }
         (under the heading Output Format of a Lambda Function for Proxy Integration)
        Map<String, Object> headers = new HashMap<>();
        headers.put("Content-Type", "application/json");
        headers.put("x-request-id", context.getAwsRequestId());
        retval.put("headers", headers);
        retval.put("statusCode", httpStatus);
        retval.put("body", bodyAsJson);
        return retval;

The AWS documentation provides a Java example which uses inputStream and outputStream and takes a lot more code:

I like this version better because is simpler and shorter.

More comprehensive example here: