Announcing Heroku Elements – The Marketplace for the Builders of the App Economy

These days, apps are more composed than built. Long past are the days of spinning up your own Elasticsearch cluster to add search to your application. Instead we borrow from previous projects, and adapt a template as a good foundation. It’s a great improvement – but the process of keeping up to date with the right services, tools, and templates can be a time consuming task at best, and an overwhelming flood of new information at worst.

Today we're excited to announce Heroku Elements, a new marketplace that brings all of the pieces within our Heroku ecosystem together in one place. It’s a simpler way to discover and select the best components to build apps fast.

In a nutshell, Heroku Elements includes:

  • Adds-ons, together with data and insights - Choosing the right add-on isn’t always easy. Sometimes you want to evaluate all of them, and sometimes you’d prefer to use a trusted name and quickly move on. The Heroku Elements marketplace adds more data about your add-ons and provides tools to better guide you as you compose your app.
  • Buildpack discovery - Since we launched buildpacks over three years ago, we’ve seen you use them in all sorts of clever and crazy ways. Now it becomes trivial to take advantage of a buildpack someone else created. Search the Heroku Elements marketplace to discover new buildpacks from Heroku or choose from the hundreds built and maintained as part of our ecosystem.
  • Button discovery - Buttons provide the easiest way to get up and running with an example template or sample app on Heroku.

We’d love you to head directly over to Heroku Elements and check it out; or if you like, read on to learn about some of the things Heroku elements brings to you.

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Making CLI Plug-ins Better with a New Architecture

At Heroku, most of us love living in the CLI. Of course, we're absolutely dedicated to providing a great developer experience whether it’s in the dashboard or at the terminal, but we also believe a mastery of the command line interface offers great productivity to you as a developer. A well designed CLI coupled with other small sharp Linux tools provide primitives to build powerful productivity. Today we're introducing an exciting new foundation for the Heroku CLI – an entirely rebuilt plug-in architecture.

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PG Backups Levels Up

Performing a backup is one of those tasks that ensures your application can recover from database or hardware failures should they ever occur. Over four year ago, we recognized this as a best practice and came out with PGBackups, an add-on that reduces the risk and complexity of taking database backups. Today, we’re pleased to announce two big improvements: enhanced reliability, and the ability to schedule backups.

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Managing your Microservices on Heroku with Netflix's Eureka

Over the past few years, Netflix has open sourced many of the components that make up its production platform. These include Eureka for service discovery, Hystrix for handling service failure, Ribbon for client side load balancing, and many others.

These projects are powerful, mature, and benefit from Netflix’s many years of experience deploying service-oriented applications in the cloud. Adding credence to this, IBM, Yelp, Hotels.com and many others have adopted these technologies for their own systems. And there’s nothing stopping you from building them into your applications, too.

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Heroku Connect Demo Edition Now Available via Heroku Button

Nine months ago we released Heroku Connect, the bi-directional data synchronization service that enables developers to build Heroku apps that seamlessly interact with Salesforce data. Since then, we’ve seen developers use it to build all types of interesting apps for web and mobile, especially for eCommerce, loyalty, and Internet of Things use cases. We’ve also seen an avalanche of requests from every corner of the Salesforce ecosystem for a simple and free way to try Heroku Connect, and explore new use cases.

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