In the Serverless world, we don’t need to setup server. We just take care of codes (called functions). However, one of the major drawbacks of the current FaaS (Function as a Service) providers in the Serverless world is they support lack of code management features. In this post, we’ll compare both AWS Lambda (Lambda) and Azure Functions (Functions) in regards to the source code management.

AWS Lambda

Lambda doesn’t natively support code management. We can do version management by uploading a .zip file as an artifact.

However, this is not an option from a DevOps perspective because we should manually upload the artifact. Web editor doesn’t store any change history. So, what should we do for Lambda? Fortunately, there a nice open-source tool called Apex. Apex claims that it helps us manage codes for testing and deployment. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Let’s have a look.

AWS CLI

In order to use Apex we should have AWS CLI installed on our local machine (and build server, too). Take an appropriate installation method based on our OS (let’s say Windows in this context). Once we install AWS CLI, then we can check if it’s properly installed by typing command like:

Now, we’ve got AWS CLI installed on our dev box. Let’s configure my AWS settings. Type aws configure and enter AWS Access Key ID, AWS Secret Access Key, Default region name and Default output format like:

We’re ready for Apex. Let’s move on.

Apex

Apex is platform-agnostic. Its binary can be downloaded from their repository. Make sure once download a binary, rename it to apex for your convenience (of course you can use its original name, if you prefer to do so). Then run the following command:

By giving a project name and description, Apex is ready for deploy.

After running apex init, several files and folders are generated.

Run the following command:

Now, we have a Lambda function deployed to AWS.

Note that deployed functions through Apex cannot be modified directly on the web as it’s zipped and uploaded by Apex.

We have looked how Apex sets up and deploys functions to Lambda. Now, we just simply type git init and push this to our build server. From now on, we can manage our code history.

Azure Functions

Managing codes in Functions is far much easier than how it is done in Lambda, with being helped by Apex. Functions natively supports git, so we can simply take the repository URL from Azure Portal and use it.

If we choose Local Git Repository, access details will be automatically displayed on the display panel.

With this git access details, we can integrate our build server to manage code change history.

Note that deployed functions through git cannot be modified directly on the web.

So far, we’ve briefly looked at both AWS Lambda and Azure Functions with regards to the code change management. Serverless is surely an attractive and emerging technology, so it would be worth watching how it grows up.

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  1. I’m pleased to be able to read your article here too.
    Thank you!

    Reply
  2. You might like to look at the serverless project http://serverless.com/

    Reply
    • Thanks, Steve.

      I know that serverless framework, but I deliberately exclude mentioning the serverless.com one because Apex provides more feature such as supporting extended number of languages that AWS Lambda doesn’t support.

      I might need to write another post for comparison between Apex and serverless.

      Reply
  3. […] Azure Functions provides a git integration as an out-of-the-box feature. We can simply integrate local git repository, GitHub, BitBucket or Visual Studio Team Service. For more details, find the other post, Code Management in Serverless Computing – AWS Lambda and Azure Functions. […]

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