AWS Lambda Supports PowerShell Core

Posted on November 22, 2018

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) is at the top of their game right now and the term AWS is getting thrown around a lot these days. For those who are still not familiar with AWS, you are certainly missing out the major happenings of the cloud sector. AWS is a collection of cloud services provided over the internet by the IT giant Amazon, on a payment basis. Many big corporates, enterprises, and services use AWS these days, and some of those big name’s list includes Adobe, HTC, BMW, British Gas, Canon, European Space Agency, Hitachi, IMDb. AWS products offer service in networking, security, analytics, computing, storage. Their pricing approach and the innovative attitude towards the whole technological growth is what set them apart from their competitors.

AWS Lambda

Think of a scenario where you have an app of your own. Sometimes you may need to manage in-app activities, clicks or image uploads. You will also need to take care of back-end codes, servers, security or updates laterally so that the whole process won’t fail. This can be frustrating and tedious for the developer. AWS Lambda is a computing service that helps you to run your code without the need to manage any servers. With zero administration from your side, you only need to pay for the time when your code is running. No upfront charges are required for this service. All you need to is write your code, upload them and set them up for automatically triggering to other AWS services and HTTP responses. These will be called functions. You can use native or third-party libraries if required, even common use cases functions are available.

The AWS Lambda support languages like Node.js, Java, C#, Go and Python and you are solely responsible for the code you write. The rest of the administrative part which includes servers, OS, memory, scaling, logging, and other computing resources is taken care of by this ideal compute platform with the help of AWS services like Amazon S3, DynamoDB, Kinesis and so on. But if you want to manage your resources, you can always use other AWS services.

AWS Lambda PowerShell  

Recently AWS added the new feature of supporting PowerShell with AWS Lambda. PowerShell is a task automation framework with the scripting language features and an interactive environment from Microsoft. Think of it as an advanced version of cmd prompt. This was developed by to simplify configuration and automate the management of Windows system, with small programs called cmdlets. Built on .Net framework, users can access PowerShell through a command-line shell. Now it is possible to develop your own AWS Lambda functions in PowerShell Core 6.0. It helps to execute PowerShell scripts in response to any Lambda events. One can use either the available PowerShell cmdlets or develop your own. This will be available in regions where Lambda is available. First of all, you need to set up a PowerShell development environment to do this. For that one need to install .Net Core 2.1 SDK,

PowerShell Core 6.0 and the new AWS Lambda PowerShell Core Module which helps you get started in creating scripts with the help of a template and deploy them.

The AWS Lambda PowerShell Core module  contains four cmdlets to work with.

One of the big advantages of having a serverless computing is you can build applications without worrying about the management of server and all. Since now PowerShell is supported by the AWS Lambda, PowerShell developers will be excited because of all the possibilities for the future. This also means that the possibilities of AWS will expand. AWS and its collection of products seem to make everyone’s work better these days. The benefit of this is reflected in the job market too. Did you know there were 3.9 million jobs related to cloud computing in 2015, a huge part of which was around AWS? Since many enterprises are adopting AWS services, demand for AWS skilled cloud experts is also increasing. AWS Certification is your key to all AWS job opportunities. For an AWS certified professional with work experience average salary can go up to 400K. Career and future possibilities are hiking for all those cloud experts especially AWS professionals because the cloud computing sector is expected to rise exponentially in the coming years.

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