"Explain serverless to me like I am a 5 year old"

"What's Serverless?"

"Why is it useful?"

"Could you explain it to me like I'm a 5-year-old?"

👆 The questions I got this week.

A child learning

Well, here's how I'd explain it to that curious forty-something-year-old with a weird fetish of being talked to as a 5-year-old clearly...

Imagine you want to play with your toys but don't have a place to play with them.

  • So could you buy a place to play with your pocket money?
  • Build a place to build all the things you could play with?

Somebody has solved that problem for you.

Wouldn't it be easier to go to a playground?

A place made just for playing.

Imagine you want to make a website or an app, but you don't have a computer or a server to run it on. So you go to a particular place called a "serverless platform".

This platform is like a playground for your website or app.

You don't have to worry about owning the computer or server because the platform takes care of it.

You can focus on making your website or app, and the platform will make sure it runs properly.

Like how you can play with your toys at the playground without worrying about where you're going to play, with a serverless platform, you can make your website or app without having to worry about the computer or server it runs on.

You can always build a playground when you learn how or have an adult to help you.

But until then, it's usually easier to go and play in the playground.

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Written by Niall Maher

Founder of Codú - The web developer community! I've worked in nearly every corner of technology businesses; Lead Developer, Software Architect, Product Manager, CTO and now happily a Founder.


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