6.19 AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda is a compute service that executes arbitrary Python code in response to developer-defined AWS events, such as inbound API calls or file uploads to AWS’ Simple Storage Service (S3).

AWS Lambda logo.

Why is Lambda useful?

Lambda is often used as a “serverless” compute architecture, which allows developers to upload their Python code instead of spinning and configuring servers, deploying their code and scaling based on traffic.

Python on AWS Lambda

Lambda only had support for JavaScript, specifically Node.JS, when it was first released in late 2014. Python 2 developers were welcomed to the platform less than a year after its release, in October 2015. Lambda now has support for both Python 2.7 and 3.6.

Python-specific AWS Lambda resources

General AWS Lambda resources

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