Learn what they are, and how to create and deploy them in minutes with Netlify Functions

For frontend developers, one of the biggest hurdles to creating full-blown web apps is the backend. In fact, there are often multiple hurdles hiding in the backend. For example, how do you process form submissions? And how can you store data?

It might seem that you need to create and manage a full-blown server in order to handle these types of use cases. But what if you could handle form submissions, requests to and from a database, and other server-like activities with a single JavaScript function, deployed with two lines of configuration?

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With “serverless functions,” you can do exactly that…


One of the most powerful ways to use GraphQL is to combine two distinct GraphQL schemas, allowing us to create aggregate queries that can load data from multiple back-ends. This is called schema stitching.

Stitch together multiple data sources for more powerful GraphQL servers.

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how easy it is to stitch together two GraphQL data sources following the GrAMPS format.

GrAMPS is a small tool to make your GraphQL schema definitions reusable and shareable. When combined with schema stitching, developers can now publish a data source as an npm package, allowing us to combine and remix different data sources with no code duplication! 🎉

Make sure…


This post was originally published on lengstorf.com on March 27, 2015.

Are our most valuable qualities being exploited at work? How our strengths get twisted into forming bad habits that — if we don’t change fast — just might kill us.

You didn’t mean to end up here. You didn’t even see it coming.

It all started with a chance to earn a living doing something you loved. Your dream job. Creating things instead of rotting in a cubicle. You weren’t just going to make a living — you were going to leave your mark on the world.

At first, you loved the work; it was challenging and fast-paced. …


How to Be Positive and Happy

As simple as it seems, simply taking the time to recognize the good stuff can have a huge positive impact on your relationships with colleagues, significant others, friends, and clients.

We Take a Good Thing for Granted

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m kind of a shitty person by default.

With very few exceptions, every part of my day goes off perfectly.

I wake up fully rested in a comfortable bed, have a delicious, organic breakfast with the love of my life, have a cup of coffee from a local roaster that regularly wins national awards, and settle down to work (for myself) from…


Why I live like everyone else is watching.

In 1998, The Truman Show hit theaters. The plot centers around Jim Carrey’s character, Truman Burbank, who has unwittingly lived his entire life — starting with his birth — in front of millions of people.

As soon as the credits rolled, I started spotting ideal hiding spots for cameras. I studied the people around me, looking for clues that gave them away as actors.

I was the real-life Truman Burbank. I could feel it.

My Fans Needed a Positive Role Model

I was the unwitting star of the world’s most popular reality TV show. The responsibility weighed heavily on me. I was a role model now.

The…

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