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15 Frameworks for Creating Serverless Apps

Are you excited about Serverless technology? Are you eager to get your hands on a new project but not sure where to start?

Here’s a roundup of the most popular Serverless frameworks you can get your hands on!

Serverless computing is all the rage amongst those who love the idea of having to manage less while having time to create more. And even though the tech is still quite new, a lot of developers and engineers are going out of their way to building exciting solutions for the future of Serverless operations.

As I am sure you know already, Serverless does not precisely mean without a server. It just means fewer servers and more functions. And if you’re looking for a reliable FaaS (Functions as a Service) platform for your next project, check out our previous writeup of the best Serverless computing platforms.

That being said, let’s take a look at the frameworks available to us. We’ll wrap things up with some exciting projects being developed in the Serverless space, so make sure that you stick around for those!

Amplify Framework

Amplify is a JS library intended for use by front-end devs who actively develop web-based and mobile-based apps on the cloud. The framework delivers a declarative and simple management interface for concluding a variety of operations within a cloud-based structure.

Amplify works with your favorite JavaScript frameworks, including React Native which is used to build modern apps.

Also, don’t let the name ‘AWS Amplify’ fool you, as you can plug this library into other cloud services and providers as per your requirements.

Architect

Create, deploy, and maintain next-generation AWS cloud function-based serverless infrastructure with full local, offline workflows, and more.

This is a reasonably sophisticated project and requires that you read up on the project philosophy and the documentation page as a whole.

Up

Up is a framework that helps you deploy Serverless applications with infinite scalability potential. Furthermore, you can use Up to deploy static websites, APIs, and more. All this gives you the flexibility to work on what truly matters to you.

Fortunately, Up deploys traditional HTTP server instances, so you’re not asked to have to learn some new protocol. Instead, use your favorite framework like Django or Express to get yourself started.

Claudia.js

Claudia.js gives developers a means to push their Node.js-based projects to Lambda systems and the API. Claudia will automate deployment tasks, configuration, and will automatically set up your JavaScript environment for modern development.

So, what does this mean to you? By using Claudia, you can jumpstart your microservices journey in minutes. As a result, you have a lot less to think about and much more time to focus on solving real problems.

The main reasons to use Claudia include:

  • Deploy, update, and manage your instances with a single command
  • Works flawlessly with NPM packages
  • Integrated boilerplate structure, giving you more room to focus on your tasks at hand
  • Version management so you can work on multiple versions simultaneously
  • Small learning curve

Jets

Do you love Ruby?

Then you might just find yourself enjoying Jets — a serverless Ruby Framework for creating and deploying microservices. The framework includes all the necessary tooling to help you generate API structures and deploy them to Lambda.

Jets also works for writing separate functions that you can use to stitch together different services and resources provided by AWS.

The way that Jets works are that the framework converts your existing code into functions for Lambda and other AWS services. As a result, you can skip things like deployment and provisioning to spend more time writing functional code.

Middy

Middy is a simplistic engine for middleware provisioning.

If you have worked with frameworks such as Express.js — you’ll quickly notice similarities between the patterns used in Middy. As a result, getting started is quick and easy.

Pulumi

Pulumi provides a seamless SDK to help you create and deploy software to any cloud-based platform. The SDK supports containers, hosted services, core infrastructure, and containers.

You can write code in any language you like, Pulumi will provision and manage your resources on service providers such as GCP, AWS, Kubernetes, and Azure.

Serverless

I know what you’re thinking, “Someone was lucky enough to get the domain name Serverless.com and are simply cashing in their luck!”, and I have to tell you that this is not the case.

The Serverless Framework has some 30,000ish stars on GitHub, making this the most popular serverless framework you can find.

So, what can you do with this framework? First and foremost, you can create apps that are using microservices as a means to respond to events, etc. E.g., Your apps only respond when there is a definitive call, and scale up and down based on demand. As a result, you can save a ton of money that would otherwise be spent on upkeeping idle services.

The Framework uses new event-driven compute services, like AWS Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, and more. It’s a command-line tool, providing scaffolding, workflow automation and best practices for developing and deploying your serverless architecture. It’s also completely extensible via plugins.

Sigma

Sigma is a new cloud-based IDE built around the idea of Serverless Development. This is not just a basic text editor with some fancy features, but a fully-featured IDE that will let you write code, and publish that code as a live application in real-time.

The Sigma IDE can talk back and forth with your chosen serverless (FaaS) platform, and only with the requirement of a config file. As a result, you can save endless hours of otherwise boring tasks.

Also, in contrast to other tools that try to achieve a similar result — Sigma is serverless itself. The IDE runs entirely from within the browser and doesn’t require a back-end service to be operating for all but a few functions. Specifically, the back-end is required to authenticate users and collect analytical data.

This one is worth keeping an eye on, and worth trying out for yourself.

Squeezer

Squeezer is a new and exciting framework that’s helping developers create new apps with ease, without the need to manage the full scope of a blockchain ecosystem. Further, Squeezer can deliver industry-grade components for enterprise-level software needs.

You can use Squeezer with your favorite Functions platforms such as AWS, Google, and Azure.

Interesting features include management-less maintenance. You can simply deploy and relax. Also, forget about writing scripts that need to check for scaling-related issues. Instead, Squeezer lets your FaaS providers deal with all that.

This is the first framework to combine the robust nature of microservices with the titanic power of the blockchain.

Riff

Riff is a simple FaaS framework for Kubernetes developers. The integrated CLI helps devs to operate their function workflow with Knative.

Knative (pronounced kay-nay-tiv) extends Kubernetes to provide a set of middleware components that are essential to build modern, source-centric, and container-based applications that can run anywhere: on premises, in the cloud, or even in a third-party data center.

The framework includes the necessary tools to get your Knative instance up and running within a Kubernetes cluster. Further, you get access to commands to manage services, functions, subscriptions, and channels.

PureSec

You won’t escape security, not this easily. When building serverless apps, you’re the one who needs to ensure thorough security compliance. Things to look out for include provider-level attacks, cloud-native events, and network-wide visibility.

PureSec provides a Serverless Security Platform to help protect your apps on an end-to-end basis. The entire SSP process is tied together with the process of Continuous Integration and Delivery.

At the moment, PureSec works with cloud providers such as IBM Cloud Functions, AWS Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, and Azure Functions.

Auth0

If you’re passionate about the concept of Serverless, then you’ll likely have heard of the Serverless Framework — the one that we mentioned earlier in the article.

Auth0 have put together their efforts to build Auth0 Webtasks, an effective add-on for all you Serverless Framework users. The project is called Webtask, and you can find the homepage here.

In essence, Webtask can be used to create apps without the need to worry about your infrastructure compatibility. Write server-side logic and deploy all your functions using the CLI provided by Webtask. You can then navigate the back-end using the HTTP protocol.

Snipcart

Snipcart is kind of an on the edge of being a serverless framework. For one, it’s a product, an eCommerce solution for people with smaller needs. And the second thing is that most of the back-end actions are done within your Snipcart dashboard.

But, the best part is that the dashboard is mostly based on Webhooks and API calls. You can manage Taxes, Discounts, Subscriptions, Inventory, etc. by writing simple functions or using the dashboard.

Adding Snipcart to your site can be done with 2 lines of code. And this JAMstack oriented approach has had developers drooling over the potential of this neat eCommerce platform.

And if you’re interested in achieving true Serverless nature using Snipcart, I recommend you read this blog post.

Serverless Examples

We talked about the Serverless Framework earlier in the post, and basically, this is a follow-up resource that showcases the many different use cases for the Serverless Framework.

Despite these examples being locked out to one specific framework, you can still enjoy the process of learning about new serverless concepts.

The examples are available for platforms like AWS, Azure, Kubeless, Google Cloud, and OpenWhisk. Further, there’s support for six different languages: nodeJS, Python, Go, Java, PHP, and Swift.

Check out some of these favorites like Twitter Joke Bot and OAuth Dropbox API.

If you are looking for hands-on learning, then check out this online course.

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Alex Ivanovs
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