Expanding the Power of Add-ons

In a world where microservices continue to grow, offering better agility for iterating quickly, many of the tools you use in building applications must adapt. Microservices bring together challenges in a variety of ways for the services you consume – logging and monitoring tools now need a broader perspective than that of a single app, data services may be shared either for reporting or direct access to data.

Heroku has been on the forefront of creating a developer tools add-ons ecosystem that lets you focus on building your app by grabbing the service you need off the shelf. Today, the Heroku platform is becoming even more powerful with add-on sharing – a new feature for composing...

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Why Microservices Matter

All successful applications grow more complex over time, and that complexity creates challenges in development. There are two essential strategies to manage this problem: a team can keep everything together (create a monolith) or a team can divide a project into smaller pieces (create microservices).

The monolith at its most extreme is a single code base that contains all of an application’s logic and to which all programmers involved contribute. This approach is perhaps the most natural, and organic growth often tends towards this model. It’s also, in many ways, the easiest to reason about and operate. A single codebase can reduce many of the costs involved in distributed systems....

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Share your Heroku Postgres data with the new Dataclips

The most successful teams use their data to make the best decisions. We built Dataclips to allow your team to better share, reason about, and ask questions of the data you keep in Heroku Postgres. Heroku Dataclips are a lightweight data sharing tool that lets you take advantage of your organization’s most valuable asset.

Dataclips were inspired by a set of collaboration tools we love like Google Docs and GitHub’s gists. We use tools like these every day to share everything from drafts of blog posts to snippets of code. The problem was that when we used them to share data it became stale the moment we hit the "paste" button. Even worse, when we’d go back to refresh that data...

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PostgreSQL 9.4 Now Available on Heroku

Each major release of PostgreSQL brings lots of great new functionality. The recent release of PostgreSQL 9.4 includes an exciting new JSON data type, improvements to window functions, materialized views, and a host of other performance improvements and enhancements. We’ll go into more depth on what’s new and exciting in this release below, but first, we want you to know that Postgres 9.4 is available in beta right now on Heroku:

$ heroku addons:add heroku-postgresql --version=9.4 

Because the safety and reliability of your data is incredibly important to us, we’re launching 9.4 support in a beta state. This means that customers looking to follow the bleeding edge and get the first access...

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Update Git clients on Windows and OS X

Last week, a security fix was released for Git. The fix patches a bug in the Git client that is exploitable on operating systems with case insensitive file systems such as Windows and OS X.

Heroku has updated the Git installer that we ship with Toolbelt for Windows. We have also removed an old Git version from the OS X installer (it was not generally used).

In addition, we’ve added a Git version warning in Toolbelt that will prompt you to update Git if you’re using a vulnerable version on Windows (shown here) or OS X:

$ heroku apps WARNING: Your version of git is 1.9.3. Which has serious security vulnerabilities. More information here:...
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