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Amazon Web Services today announced several additions to its Lambda event-driven computing service. Perhaps most importantly, AWS is adding support for the Python programming language. Previously Lambda had Node.js and Java support.

Other enhancements include support for AWS’ Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) service, as well as custom retry logic and scheduled functions. But that’s not all.

“Now you can run your functions for up to five minutes,” Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels announced at the AWS re:Invent conference this morning.

Lambda is a rules-based service that abstracts away the complexity of the underlying compute and infrastructure — developers can carry out various commands when certain conditions arise. That’s cool — and It’s a big deal at least in the sense that other cloud competitors, like Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure, have not so far replicated the service.

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