Ask HN: Heroku to Beanstalk?

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  • terraform-aws-elastic-beanstalk-environment

    Terraform module to provision an AWS Elastic Beanstalk Environment

  • - If your instance health checks are too stringent, it can become frustrating to try and get your application back in the healthy state. Consider a scenario where your health check page (e.g. /health) pings a non-essential cache database. If your cache database goes offline, EB will treat your application as unhealthy. I recommend keeping the health check page very simple, and setting up separate alarms for other services.

    To add to/counteract some points seen in another comment:

    Cloudposse has modules that make beanstalk quite manageable with Terraform: https://github.com/cloudposse/terraform-aws-elastic-beanstal...

    "Hard to attract talent": I'm skeptical this is an issue in most cases. After all, EB exists so that you don't have to think too much about the infra. For simple use cases, a general understanding of the infra components (not EB-specific) will go a long way. However I can understand talent/developer time could be an issue you're doing something really fancy with EB, such as making heavy use of EB extensions.

    "Not the future": This sounds like another way of saying "it's not trendy". Whilst I agree, this point doesn't weigh heavily for me, as I'd try to focus on doing what's right for the application and the team.

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  • - If your instance health checks are too stringent, it can become frustrating to try and get your application back in the healthy state. Consider a scenario where your health check page (e.g. /health) pings a non-essential cache database. If your cache database goes offline, EB will treat your application as unhealthy. I recommend keeping the health check page very simple, and setting up separate alarms for other services.

    To add to/counteract some points seen in another comment:

    Cloudposse has modules that make beanstalk quite manageable with Terraform: https://github.com/cloudposse/terraform-aws-elastic-beanstal...

    "Hard to attract talent": I'm skeptical this is an issue in most cases. After all, EB exists so that you don't have to think too much about the infra. For simple use cases, a general understanding of the infra components (not EB-specific) will go a long way. However I can understand talent/developer time could be an issue you're doing something really fancy with EB, such as making heavy use of EB extensions.

    "Not the future": This sounds like another way of saying "it's not trendy". Whilst I agree, this point doesn't weigh heavily for me, as I'd try to focus on doing what's right for the application and the team.

  • sidekiq

    Sidekiq worker on Render (by render-examples)

  • I spent a month trying to get Elastic Beanstalk to work elegantly and it was still a slog understanding failed deploys and managing the nuances of networking and the headache of waiting for the system to get to a manageable state.

    We ended up switching to https://render.com and I got everything I needed spun up in 3 days. You don’t have the same access to underlying resources in AWS but you get everything EB is supposed to do but faster and more user-friendly. It is much more actively maintained than Heroku’s current zombie state.

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