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Serverless Framework Deployment: Unleash the Power of AWS Lambda

What is a Serverless Framework?

The Serverless Framework stands as a robust instrument, streamlining the intricate chore of deploying and orchestrating serverless applications on diverse cloud platforms, among which Amazon Web Services (AWS) is notable. In this guide, our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive walkthrough of harnessing the Serverless Framework’s capabilities. We’ll demonstrate how to effortlessly deploy a basic JavaScript function onto AWS Lambda, make it accessible through API Gateway, and institute monitoring through AWS CloudWatch.This knowledge can prove invaluable, whether you are in the field of custom financial software development, healthcare software development, cross-platform mobile app development, software testing services, or any other domain where modern and efficient cloud-native applications are essential. By mastering the Serverless Framework, you’ll have a powerful tool at your disposal to create and deploy innovative solutions that cater to the evolving demands of your industry.

Purpose and Scope of the Guide

The aim of this guide is to furnish you with a comprehensive, step-by-step tutorial on the deployment of a serverless JavaScript function within AWS, facilitated by the Serverless Framework. Whether you’re exploring serverless computing for the first time or looking to enhance your current skill set, this tutorial aims to provide you with the following capabilities:

  • Setting Up Prerequisites: We’ll guide you through the essential prerequisites, including configuring your AWS account.
  • Creating a Serverless Project: Learn how to initiate a new serverless project using the Serverless Framework.
  • Connect your database: In this section, you’ll discover how to establish a connection between your serverless application and a database, a vital element for storing and retrieving data in serverless architectures.
  • Writing JavaScript Functions: Dive into crafting JavaScript functions that will ultimately find their home on AWS Lambda.
  • Configuring with serverless.yml: Understand the process of defining serverless configurations within a serverless.yml file.
  • Deployment Process: Discover how to deploy your JavaScript functions and set up an API Gateway for interaction.
  • Testing and Validation: Explore testing methods for your deployed API using tools such as cURL or Postman.

By the conclusion of this article, you’ll have a firm grasp of harnessing the Serverless Framework’s capabilities to efficiently deploy and oversee serverless applications on the AWS platform. Furthermore, you’ll gain hands-on experience in deploying serverless functions and exposing them through API endpoints, laying the foundation for the development and scalability of serverless applications within your projects.

Setting Up Prerequisites for Serverless Framework


To follow along with this tutorial, you’ll need the following:

How to Configure the AWS CLI

You’ll need to set the AWS credentials for the AWS CLI if you have not done that already. You’ll be using it along with the Serverless Framework to deploy the resources on AWS.

You can create the AWS credentials file by entering the following command in the terminal:

How to Create the IAM Role

The Serverless Framework utilizes the IAM role to deploy resources on AWS. Enter the following command to create the role:

This policy enables the role to be utilized by the AWS Lambda service.


Enter the following command to attach the AWSLambdaBasicExecutionRole policy to the role:

To confirm the successful creation of the role, you can execute the following command to retrieve information about the IAM role:

Here’s what the information should look like:


Creating a Serverless Project

The Serverless Framework is utilized to deploy this project, which consists of a straightforward JavaScript function deployed to AWS Lambda, API Gateway, and CloudWatch.

An HTTP GET request triggers the function, and it returns a basic string. The deployment of the function is in the eu-west-1 region.

First, install Serverless Framework using npm:

Next, install a serverless package project using the npm serverless command and then follow the prompt:

Run below command in project directory 

This command does two things:

  • creates a new directory called prisma that contains a file called schema.prisma, which contains the Prisma schema with your database connection variable and schema models
  • It generates the .env file in the project’s root directory, serving the purpose of defining environment variables, such as your database connection.

Connect your database

Write the JavaScript Function

Create handler.js file in root directory

Folder structure


Define Serverless Configuration

To start with the configuration, open the serverless.yaml file and delete all of its content and paste the following YAML code to define the microservice you will deploy:

provider defines the AWS provider for your service. It specifies various configuration settings for AWS Lambda functions and other AWS resources.

  • name: aws specifies that you are using AWS as your cloud provider.
  • runtime: nodejs14.16 sets the runtime for AWS Lambda functions to nodejs14.16
  • Service: Specifies the name of the service, in this case, “postgres-crud-api.”
  • Provider: Specifies the cloud provider and runtime for your functions. In this case, you’re using AWS as the provider and Node.js 18.x as the runtime.
  • Functions: This section defines the AWS Lambda functions that will be part of your service. You have four functions defined: create, read, update, and delete.
    • Create: This function creates data and is linked to an HTTP POST request at the /create endpoint. The code executed when this endpoint is hit is within the handler.create function.
    • Read: This function reads data and is linked to an HTTP GET request at the /read endpoint. The code executed when this endpoint is hit is within the function.
    • Update: This function updates data and is linked to an HTTP PUT request at the /update/{id} endpoint, where {id} serves as a placeholder for the identifier of the data you intend to update. The code executed when this endpoint is hit is within the handler.update function.
    • Delete: This function deletes data and is associated with an HTTP DELETE request at the /delete/{id} endpoint, where {id} serves as a placeholder for the identifier of the data you wish to delete. The code executed when this endpoint is hit is within the handler.delete function.

How to Deploy the JavaScript Function

You can use the command below to deploy the microservice on AWS:After a while, the deployment will be completed and you can see information like the endpoint, hosted on API Gateway, to trigger the function you just deployed.







How to Test the API

From the deployment, you have a single function named firstFunction, and a single HTTP GET endpoint.

You can call the function by using the GET endpoint, which is generated in the terminal after deploying it, in your browser.

The image above shows the functionality created in the deployed function running in the browser.











Serverless computing represents a dynamic paradigm for crafting and launching cloud-native applications. Throughout this guide, we’ve dived into the vast potential of serverless computing and illustrated the process of constructing and deploying serverless applications using the Serverless Framework and AWS.


You’ve embarked on your serverless journey, commencing with the setup of your development environment and progressing to the deployment of a fundamental JavaScript function, powered by AWS Lambda. Along this path, we’ve imparted knowledge about monitoring and logging through AWS CloudWatch.

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