Sigma is a browser-based serverless application devkit that takes away all platform and service provider complexities, letting you focus fully on your application logic. It has a fairly simple, intuitive environment, with easy, drag-and-drop composition combined with the full power of written code.
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Pro Nothing to install
Sigma is completely browser-based, so all you need is a web browser (which you already have).
Pro Free demo AWS accounts for tryouts
No AWS account? No problem. Just click 'Request Demo Account Information' and get hold of demo AWS account credentials to get started.
Pro You can get started with just a browser, AWS account and GitHub account
Sigma needs just an AWS account (for deploying your serverless app) and GitHub account (for saving your code and generated configurations). But even if you don't have either or both of them, you can still get started with a free demo account or one of the ready-made samples.
Pro Ready-made samples - no GitHub account needed
Even if you don't have a GitHub account, or are still too skeptical to authorize Sigma to access your account, you can still deploy one from the range of ready-made samples right away without having to log in with GitHub.
Pro Rich support for NodeJS, including the latest 8.10 on AWS
Sigma already fully supports NodeJS 8.10, introduced for Lambda functions by AWS very recently (https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/compute/node-js-8-10-runtime-now-available-in-aws-lambda/), in addition to the earlier 6.10.
Pro Near-zero configurations
Sigma fully automates the definition of entities, their associations (such as function triggers) and the related permissions (e.g. AWS IAM), so all you need to do is to drag them in and write your code.
Pro Define your infra on-the-go
With Sigma, you can define your entities - buckets, databases, queues, APIs, etc. - as and when you encounter them in your code (reusing the previously defined ones when necessary). This ensures a seamless development experience, without any jump-arounds among multiple dashboards, documentation pages and configuration files.
Pro Serverless by design
Sigma itself is based on serverless principles; everything runs in your web browser, and all services and application logic are deployed into your own serverless provider account (say AWS). There is no backend, and hence no outages.
Pro One-click build and deployment
Builds and deployments are fully automated in Sigma, using serverless technologies; just click a button, and everything is airborne within minutes.
Pro GitHub integration
Sigma seamlessly integrates with your GitHub account, so you can save and reload your projects from GitHub at any time. Sigma can also load public projects from any GitHub URL or profile, so sharing your latest adventure with your colleagues is just a matter of sharing your GitHub URL.
Pro Incremental deployments
With Sigma, you can stick to your familiar dev cycle (develop one feature, deploy it, streamline it, redeploy, move on to the next, and so on). Sigma will keep track of all changes and ensure that nothing gets left out, right up to the final deployment.
Pro Super-fast testing
Sigma recently introduced a testing feature which is way faster than the testing options offered by the native AWS Lambda console.
Pro 'Try Now' with no registration
While the signup is just two hassle-free steps, Sigma also offers a demo mode where you can experience most of its features with zero overhead.
Pro Already integrates with a myriad of AWS services
Sigma already supports a wide range of serverless-friendly AWS services - including S3, DynamoDB, API Gateway, SNS, SQS, and so on - with much more coming up in the near future.
Con Only supports NodeJS at the moment
Serverless apps in Sigma are currently confined to NodeJS as the programming language (both v6.10 and v8.10), although more languages like Go and Python may be supported in the future.
Con Lack of support for non-listed AWS services
Since Sigma internally handles resource configurations and permissions, it is currently difficult to integrate with services that are not yet listed in the Supported Resources section of the IDE.
Con Lack of customizability for power users
Since Sigma handles all resource creation, build and deployment configurations internally, it does not offer much customizability for power users - although this may change in the future.
Con Just out of beta
Sigma is relatively new (came out of beta only very recently) so it may not be fully production-ready.