My son Calvin is about 6 years old now, and ever since he’s born we’ve had a messaging group between the whole family where we post updates and pictures, and I’ve been archiving that to a website that isn’t public for obvious reasons. Anyway, we’ve got a couple thousand images in there, and the thread is 6 years old, so finding stuff is becoming a pain. I could search on the messages in the thread pretty easily, but I wanted some way to search images as well.
A big downside of current “Serverless” architectures is, well, you don’t have a server! Because of this, some things that we take for granted in web applications today are hard to do in a Serverless model - take real time notifications for example. Usually you’d use SignalR, Socket.IO, or some other framework to help you set up and use websocket connections, but those frameworks require a long-lived connection to a server.
I’ve been geeking out quite a bit over Functions as a Service and the Serverless Framework for the past year or so. I wrote the backend for Play Your Damn Turn using it, and I think it’s great for startup scenarios - you can write something and get it out there without having to worry about the costs of hosting, and if it suddenly becomes popular it’s already built to scale.