AWS Data Processing example in NodeJS

This example demonstrates how to setup a simple data processing pipeline.

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Data processing

This example demonstrates how to setup a simple data processing pipeline. The service exposes one HTTP endpoint that allows you to add a text note. This HTTP endpoint returns instantly to provide a good user experience while the actual analysis is deferred. Only messages above a certain sentiment level are actually saved.

Instead of invoking another Lambda function directly it's considered best practice to store the note as a message in a SNS queue. The queue has certain benefits compared to invoking the analyzeNote function directly. The queue supports retries in case the analyzeNote function fails as well as back-off to avoid too many concurrent invocations.


npm install

In order to use SNS you need to add your AWS account ID to config.js. There is already a placeholder: XXXXXXXXXXXX.

You can retrieve the your account ID by running this command (you need the AWS SDK installed)

aws sts get-caller-identity --output text --query Account


  • sns topic will be added by default


In order to deploy the you endpoint simply run

serverless deploy

The expected result should be similar to:

Serverless: Packaging service…
Serverless: Uploading CloudFormation file to S3…
Serverless: Uploading service .zip file to S3…
Serverless: Updating Stack…
Serverless: Checking Stack update progress…
Serverless: Stack update finished…
Serverless: Removing old service versions…

Service Information
service: text-analysis-via-post-processing
stage: dev
region: us-east-1
api keys:
  POST -
  text-analysis-via-post-processing-dev-analyzeNote: arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:377024778620:function:text-analysis-via-post-processing-dev-analyzeNote
  text-analysis-via-post-processing-dev-addNote: arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:377024778620:function:text-analysis-via-post-processing-dev-addNote


In order to add a note run

curl -X POST --data '{ "note": "This is such a great Day" }'

You should see the following output

{"message":"Successfully added the note."}%

To verify that the note has been processed run

serverless logs --function analyzeNote

This command will show you the logged output and looks liked this

START RequestId: 75a970ba-ab11e6-809d-435833490828 Version: $LATEST
2015 17:56:32.497 (+01:00)	75a970ba-ab11e6-809d-435833490828	Positive note - will be published: This is such a great Day
END RequestId: 75a970ba-ab11e6-809d-435833490828
REPORT RequestId: 75a970ba-ab11e6-809d-435833490828	Duration: 3.45 ms	Billed Duration: 100 ms 	Memory Size: 1024 MB	Max Memory Used: 15 MB

You can play with the system and see which notes will be published and which won't.