Building Back-End for iOS and OS X Without Managing Servers

Donny Kurniawan, REA GroupPart of DW16

Have you been disappointed by the shutdown of Parse? Do you dread the costly alternative of provisioning, updating, and managing your back-end servers? This talk introduces the concept of “serverless” where we develop back-end APIs without worrying about servers, virtual machines, and the underlying compute resources. This talk gives an overview of three competing serverless platforms: AWS Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, and IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk. In this practical session, Donny gives a walkthrough and examples of building simple APIs for your next iOS and OS X apps using the aforementioned platforms.

Donny is a senior developer at REA Group. Besides spending time with his family, he enjoys programming and developing software; and trying to achieve Reading List Zero. In his PhD, Donny designed and developed an IDE for writing, running, and debugging parallel applications on distributed and heterogeneous platforms.