Alibaba Cloud - Workflow

Intro. Quick recommendations and tips for various processes.

Development Workflow

  1. Write your functions
  2. Use serverless deploy when you've made changes to serverless.yml and in CI/CD systems
  3. Use serverless invoke --function myFunction to test your Alibaba Cloud Function Compute functions
  4. Open up a separate tab in your console and see logs in there via serverless logs --function myFunction
  5. Write tests to run locally

Larger Projects

  • Break your application / project into multiple Serverless Services
  • Model your Serverless Services around Data Models or Workflows
  • Keep the Functions and Resources in your Serverless Services to a minimum

Cheat Sheet

A handy list of commands to use when developing with the Serverless Framework.

Create A Service:

  1. Create a new service with the aliyun-nodejs template
serverless create --template aliyun-nodejs --path my-service
  1. Install the dependencies
cd my-service
npm install
  1. Update serverless.yml

Update credentials in your projects serverless.yml

See credentials doc on how to setup your credentials.

Install A Service

This is a convenience method to install a pre-made Serverless Service locally by downloading the Github repo and unzipping it.

serverless install -u [GITHUB URL OF SERVICE]


Use this when you have made changes to your Functions, Events or Resources in serverless.yml or you simply want to deploy all changes within your Service at the same time.

serverless deploy

Invoke Function

Invokes an Alibaba Cloud Function

serverless invoke --function [FUNCTION NAME]


Open up a separate tab in your console and see logs for a specific function using the following command.

serverless logs --function [FUNCTION NAME]


See information about your deployed service by running the info command in your service directory.

serverless info
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