Begin.com is a cloud infrastructure platform that’s a layer over some of Amazon Web Services, simplifying the development of web apps. “Serverless on easy mode!” Developing on begin.com means writing cloud functions (i.e. AWS Lambda) that turn into HTTP endpoints, and can access DynamoDB storage.

I used it for the first time a few days ago, to build a quick-and-dirty API for an experimental wiki project. I managed to read and write content (arrays of strings) in the storage. Getting it to work involved a few obstacles, described below… with fixes :)

Begin.com founder Ryan replied on Twitter and showed me some helpful stuff, so I’ll update the relevant sections of this post with better solutions. …

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