Course Outline


  • OpenWhisk as an open-source alternative to AWS Lambda.

Overview of the OpenWhisk Programming Model

Overview of Underlying Technologies in OpenWhisk

  • CouchDB, Kafka, Ngnix, Redis, Zookeeper

Setting up the Development Environment

Installing and Configuring OpenWhisk

Installing and Configuring Serverless Framework (optional)

Writing an Action (Function)

  • Namespacing, System Limits, Web Actions, Action Processing

Creating, Triggers, and Rules

Uploading an Event Handler to a OpenWhisk

Registering the Handler to Respond to Events

Access Event and Feed Sources

Consuming an Action via a REST API

Consuming an Action via a Message Bus (Kafka, Kinesis, Nats, SQS, etc.).

Using and Creating Packages

Composing and Invoking a Sequence of Multiple Actions

Browsing the Catalog

Testing and Debugging the Action

Deploying an Action with the OpenWhisk CLI

Deploying an Action with Serverless Framework

Monitoring an Action with Prometheus

Using the OpenWhisk Mobile SDK


Summary and Conclusion


  • Experience with the Linux command line.
  • Application programming experience in any of the languages supported by OpenWhisk.
  • A general familiarity with Kubernetes and Docker.


  • Developers
  14 Hours

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