Things you could build!

Sometimes all you need is an idea to hack on.

A Blog

Serverless Tech Needed

Auth Database Media Storage

The Concept

Static site builders are a perfect match for modern static file hosts, but there is another way you can build a serverless blog as well. You could store and manage the structured data as JSON stored in the cloud and build it as an SPA.

Resources

Here's a complete tutorial on building a blog using mostly Firebase. A bonus feature could be having an image uploader via Cloudinary, a cloud function for Markdown processing, or storing and fetching files in S3 with Serverless.

A Food Log

Serverless Tech Needed

Auth Database

The Concept

A web form could be used to log what you ate and the calories. Then you could chart the data and offer daily/weekly/monthly summaries.

Resources

Here's a barebones food log app using Firebase on CodePen Projects.

A Recipe Site

Serverless Tech Needed

Cloud Functions Notifications

The Concept

What if a static site full of featured recipies offered a feature to let you send a text message of the complete recipie to your phone?

Resources

A cloud function to send an SMS message through Twilio is a great way to wet your feet with Serverless. The Twilio Node Helper Library provides a simple example function you can put on something like Webtask and call with a simple form or through JavaScript.

A To Do App

Serverless Tech Needed

Database

The Concept

This classic app doesn't just have to be a demo. Your version could be personalized to your needs, or compete on features and UX with all the others out there.

Resources

TodoMVC has examples of how to build a to do app in loads of different JavaScript frameworks. Now it's your job to hook them up to a data store and add features.

API Endpoints

Serverless Tech Needed

Database

The Concept

Imagine you have a database full of data you'd like to give people API access to. The functions to retrieve and format that data are a perfect fit for cloud functions. GraphQL is worth looking into here.

Resources

A Front End Developer’s Guide to GraphQL
How to Build a Serverless API with Amazon Web Services’ API Gateway

The Serverless framework keeps a repo with a whole ton of examples.