Going Serverless with Google Cloud Run

Recently I was invited as a speaker to Full Stack Ghent and PHP-WVL. At both events I brought a new talk called “Going Serverless with Google Cloud Run”. Cloud Run is a fully managed compute platform by Google that automatically scales stateless containers. By abstracting away all infrastructure management, us developers can focus on what […]

Delete untagged image refs in Google Container Registry, as a service, with gcr-cleaner

GCR Cleaner deletes untagged images in Google Container Registry. This can help reduce costs and keep your container images list in order. GCR Cleaner is designed to be deployed as a Cloud Run service and invoked periodically via Cloud Scheduler. Clever! All commands to install this one are provided. gcr-cleaner →

google/cloud-functions-framework – Google Cloud Functions Framework for PHP

google/cloud-functions-framework is an open source FaaS (Function as a Service) Framework for writing portable PHP functions. An example function looks like this: <?php use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request; function helloHttp(Request $request) { return "Hello World from PHP HTTP function!" . PHP_EOL; } One can invoke it locally by executing the included router as follows: export FUNCTION_TARGET=helloHttp export FUNCTION_SIGNATURE_TYPE=http […]

Cloud Run vs App Engine: What’s the difference?

Simple and to the point article, with a few commands included, by Dirk Hoekstra: In a nutshell, you give Google’s Cloud Run a Docker container containing a webserver. Google will run this container and create an HTTP endpoint. With Google’s App Engine however you tell Google how your app should be run. The App Engine […]

Running the same Node.js code on Google Cloud Functions, App Engine, and Cloud Run

Google Cloud has a number of options to run your code. We can deploy a function to Cloud Functions, an app to App Engine, or an app with a custom runtime (a Docker container) to Cloud Run. In this post the same code snippet is deployed to all three Google Cloud Platform features. Locally the […]

Building a Website Screenshot API with Puppeteer and Google Cloud Functions

Here’s the source of a Google Cloud function that, using Puppeteer, takes a screenshot of a given website and store the resulting screenshot in a bucket on Google Cloud Storage: const puppeteer = require('puppeteer'); const { Storage } = require('@google-cloud/storage'); const GOOGLE_CLOUD_PROJECT_ID = "screenshotapi"; const BUCKET_NAME = "screenshot-api-net"; exports.run = async (req, res) => { […]

Today I Learned, the Google Cloud Platform / Terraform Edition

🌍 This week I’ve been goofing around with Google Cloud Platform and Terraform to manage it. I’ve learned quite a few things, that might be of help to others, so here goes … There’s a difference between IAM policy for service account (google_service_account_iam) and IAM policy for projects (google_project_iam_member). The former is used to allow […]

Secrets in Serverless

Good post on how and where to store your secrets when working in a Serverless / Cloud Environment — something I was wondering about myself a little while ago Serverless applications and cloud functions often need to communicate with an upstream API or service. Perhaps they require a username and password to connect to a […]

Google Cloud Platform Terraform Recipes

At work we’ve recently started to use Terraform to manage the cloud infrastructure of our clients. During my initial research on how to set up a Cloud SQL instance using Terraform, I stumbled upon the “Terraform Google Modules” organization (unaffiliated to Google). They provide several Terraform modules in order to easily create: A Kubernetes Engine […]