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Serverless applied to my courses architecture; Blog updates

Serverless Architecture

You may have notice my latest course (WordPress Security Fundamentals) that I published in this month. To publish it I wanted to at least gather the users who are interested in the course through an authentication and authorization process.

The problem is that I wanted it quickly, in a cost-effective way and ease to maintain. Nothing seems to be better than a "Serverless" architecture.

"Serverless" actually is a technically wrong concept, because code always run in a server. But "Serverless" refers to a perspective. A perspective that you, as a developer, won't need to manage that server. You can just consume a service from a provider, which in this case is authentication and authorization.

I've used Auth0, but could have used FireBase or any other alternative. The greatest thing besides cost-saving is that I am still able to keep my static files deployed on AWS S3. There is no need to develop an entire web application to process such tasks.

I also prepared the whole thing to support payments for future courses using services from Amazon Web Services, such as AWS Lambda and AWS API Gateway. This combination is great. Lambda is used to create arbitrary functions and pay for its processing and AWS API Gateway is used to expose such functions to the internet.

I'd like to discuss in detail what I did. Actually I can build a course to explain the entire process, but for now I'll see if I can present that in a conference. Otherwise I publish a full guide or course here. It's something that is worth sharing as the serverless concept is trendy and affects not only software engineering, but software security as well.

Blog Updates

Despite the architecture, many people from Brazil engaged on the portuguese version, so I decided to reactivate my portuguese posts. As you can see now, there are two flags near my photo, which could be used to switch between the idioms.

I also created a separated mailing list. The default keeps to be in english, and a new one, in portuguese, which could be found in the portuguese index page.

I'll keep posting in english as usual, and will start posting on portuguese. However the content will be tailored for each audience. It won't be a translating process alone. Each audience has its own needs, that's what I've found.

That's all folks. The next posts will be more technical :)

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