Interview with Heroku's Mattt Thompson: The Incredibly True Story of Why an iOS Developer Dropped His CS Classes and Eventually Learned How to Fly

Editor's note: This is a guest post from Rikki Endsley.

In this exclusive interview, iOS developer Mattt Thompson opens up about the moment when he realized he'd become a programmer, why he dropped his computer science classes, and what he does AFK.

Mattt and a Unicorn

Had Mattt Thompson followed in his parents' footsteps, he'd be a musician now instead of a well-known iOS developer working as the Mobile Lead at Heroku. Matthew “Mattt” Thomas Thompson was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by parents who are both musicians, play in the symphony, and teach music. Whereas his sister took to music growing up, Mattt kept going back to his computer. He says he couldn't help it. “I'd spend hours in Photoshop and GoLive, learning all of the tricks to making websites. These were the days before CSS, when <table>,<font>, and spacer.gif were state of the art.” Back then, he pictured himself as a designer, which is what he did for the web design company he and a developer friend started while still in high school.

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Introducing Heroku Postgres 2.0

Today we're excited to announce an evolution of what it means to be a database as a service provider. Along with new features such as the ability to roll back your database to an arbitrary point in time and high availability, we now provide an entirely new level of operational expertise that's built right in. This new level of service allows you to feel at ease while taking advantage of your database in ways you never expected. All of this is rolled into new tiers which make it as easy as ever to choose what’s right for you.

We are introducing Heroku Postgres 2.0 today, the result of these improvements. Let's dig in a little further on what's available today.

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Troubleshooting Down the Logplex Rabbit Hole

Adventures of a Heroku Routing Engineer

My name is Fred and I spend most of my time on Logplex. Since joining Heroku in March 2013, I've become the main developer on that product and handle most of the maintenance and support that goes with it. In this post, I'll explain what the Heroku routing team needed to do to make Logplex more stable, decrease our workload, and keep our mornings quiet and productive.

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PostgreSQL 9.3 now GA on Heroku Postgres

Several weeks ago we added support for Postgres 9.3 in public beta the day it was released to the community. We've had many customers use it so far and it has proven to be robust and reliable. Early adopters have started to take advantage of the great new features in this version including:

Today we're excited to release Postgres 9.3 in General Availability and setting it as the default version when provisioning a new Heroku Postgres database. Defaulting to the latest version of Postgres ensures our customers can make use of the latest features and performance improvements available.

If you haven’t upgraded to take advantage all the great new functionality yet then do so today and let us know how you’re using it at postgres@heroku.com.

$1 Million Hack - $99 pass FREE for a limited time

As we previously announced, salesforce.com is hosting a $1 Million Hackathon for the most awesome mobile app built using Salesforce Platform, which includes Heroku. It's taking place now and culminates at Dreamforce in San Francisco.

For a limited time we are making it FREE ($99 value) to participate in the Salesforce $1 Million Hackathon. Sign up for the Hacker Pass and you will get access to the Hackathon plus all the great content and activities in the Developer Zone at Dreamforce.

Additionally, the first 500 people to use the promo code HEROKU when registering will receive a $200 Heroku credit on-site at the Hackathon.

Get your FREE Hacker Pass and $200 credit when you register with code HEROKU for the Salesforce $1 Million Hackathon today!

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