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Boost Your Lambdas with Powertools

Boost Python Lambdas with AWS Lambda Powertools (Logger, Tracer, Metrics, & more). See how to deploy with Terraform!

Published Apr 26, 2024
AWS Lambda Powertools for Python is a comprehensive suite of utilities designed to enhance the development of serverless applications using AWS Lambda. It simplifies logging, tracing, metric gathering, and more, allowing developers to focus more on business logic rather than boilerplate code. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key features of AWS Lambda Powertools for Python and provide an example of deploying a Lambda function using Terraform with the Powertools layer.

Key Features of AWS Lambda Powertools for Python

1. Logger

The Logger utility simplifies logging setup across Lambda functions, providing structured logging as JSON out of the box. It automatically captures key information like cold start and function ARN, and supports logging correlation IDs for distributed tracing.
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from aws_lambda_powertools import Logger

logger = Logger()

@logger.inject_lambda_context
def lambda_handler(event, context):
logger.info("Processing event")
return {"statusCode": 200}

2. Tracer

Tracer is built on top of AWS X-Ray and provides decorators to trace Lambda function handlers and methods effortlessly. It captures cold starts, annotates errors correctly, and traces downstream calls to other AWS services.
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from aws_lambda_powertools import Tracer

tracer = Tracer()

@tracer.capture_lambda_handler
def handler(event, context):
# Your business logic here
pass

3. Metrics

The Metrics utility provides a straightforward way to capture custom business metrics using Amazon CloudWatch. It batches and flushes the metrics at the end of the function execution to minimize the number of calls made to CloudWatch.
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from aws_lambda_powertools import Metrics
from aws_lambda_powertools.metrics import MetricUnit

metrics = Metrics()

@metrics.log_metrics
def lambda_handler(event, context):
metrics.add_metric(name="SuccessfulBookings", unit=MetricUnit.Count, value=1)
return {"statusCode": 200}

4. Utilities

AWS Lambda Powertools also includes several other utilities like Parameters for retrieving and caching parameter values from AWS Systems Manager or AWS Secrets Manager, Idempotency to ensure Lambda functions are idempotent, and Feature Flags to manage feature toggling.

Deploying a Lambda Function with Terraform and Powertools Layer

To deploy an AWS Lambda function with the Powertools layer using Terraform, you first need to define your infrastructure as code. Below is a basic example of how you can set up a Lambda function with the AWS Lambda Powertools layer.
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provider "aws" {
region = "us-east-1"
}
resource "aws_lambda_function" "my_lambda" {
function_name = "MyLambdaFunction"
handler = "lambda_function.lambda_handler"
runtime = "python3.8"
role = aws_iam_role.lambda_exec_role.arn
filename = "path_to_your_lambda_deployment_package.zip"
layers = [
"arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:017000801446:layer:AWSLambdaPowertoolsPython:2"
]
}
resource "aws_iam_role" "lambda_exec_role" {
name = "lambda_execution_role"
assume_role_policy = jsonencode({
Version = "2012-10-17"
Statement = [
{
Action = "sts:AssumeRole"
Principal = {
Service = "lambda.amazonaws.com"
}
Effect = "Allow"
},
]
})
}
output "lambda_arn" {
value = aws_lambda_function.my_lambda.arn
}
This Terraform script sets up a basic Lambda function with the AWS Lambda Powertools layer. It defines the necessary IAM role for the Lambda function to execute and outputs the ARN of the Lambda function after deployment.
AWS Lambda Powertools for Python is a powerful toolkit that can significantly simplify the development and maintenance of serverless applications on AWS. By using its features, developers can ensure that their applications are robust, scalable, and easy to manage. You can read more about AWS Lambda Powertools in the following link.
Happy Coding!
 

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