The JS Foundation is taking jurisdiction over Architect, an open source software project for provisioning and maintaining cloud infrastructure from a simple text file, with a focus on AWS Lambda and eventually other serverless computing implementations.
The Architect project proposes a file format referred to as .arc. It is intended to be a simpler way of setting up and maintaining Lambda cloud functions than deploying them manually or using infrastructure administration tools such as TerraForm. The .arc format is “easier to read and runs faster,” as well as being easier to author, said Brian LeRoux, CTO at Slack bot provider Small Wins, which developed Architect and is contributing it to the JS Foundation.
Through the JS Foundation’s governance, Architect’s creators hope to entice more people to use Architect while enabling open development. They also want to extend support to other cloud efforts, such as Microsoft Azure Functions and IBM OpenWhisk. The roadmap also calls for improving Architect by speeding it up, having stronger validation rules, and generally making it more robust.