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Is Serverless a Thing? Let's Build Something And Find Out

In the latest production from Big Machine, we explore what it takes to build a usable, “serverless” ecommerce application. I’m not just talking about checking out and running a Stripe charge – no we’re doing it all.

In this video we’ll set up:

  • A web site hosted by Firebase, generated by Middleman, secured with SSL
  • Digital fulfillment (with counters and expiring URLs) using Firebase Storage
  • Authentication using OAuth
  • Email notifications and customer management, integrating with Drip
  • Paranoid data collection using PostgreSQL at
  • A REAL set of checkout data, including geolocating IP addresses, payment and processor retention

I built a site that I want to use, far beyond a typical demo. That site is yours along with over 3 hours of video explanation.

A Three Minute Preview

See What We’re Going To Build

This site was a lot of fun to build, and you can mess around with it live. Email is disabled on checkout and the Stripe charges all go to a test account, so there is no money involved.

Play With The Demo Site

Not Just a foo-bar demo

I can’t stand those! No, if you want to dig in and see if a toolset, framework or programming discipline is worth while, you have to build something with it. That’s what we’re going to do.

get a 30 minute, free preview

Don’t want to commit right now? No problem – watch the first 30 minutes of the production to see if it works for you.

Get a preview

… Or just pull the trigger now!

For the price of a burger and a few beers, you could spend the weekend (or your commute) learning about one of the most fascinating new ways to build software.


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