10 Habits of a Happy Node Hacker

This post is from 2013 - check out the update!

For most of the nearly twenty years since its inception, JavaScript lacked many of the niceties that made other programming languages like Python and Ruby so attractive: command-line interfaces, a REPL, a package manager, and an organized open-source community. Thanks in part to Node.js and npm, today's JavaScript landscape is dramatically improved. Web developers wield powerful new tools, and are limited only by their imagination.

What follows is a list of tips and techniques to keep you and your node apps happy.

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SxSW Starts Today!

SxSW Interactive starts today. The crowds have arrived, the sessions have begun, and the ExactTarget Orange Oasis is open. Please stop by and say hello at the Heroku purple pavilion there, or schedule a private meeting or demo.

Check out the SXSW Fitbit Leaderboard from ExactTarget while you are here. This Heroku app logs and tracks your steps at SxSW. You can join the Leaderboard by logging into Fitbit, and sending a mail to fitbit@exacttarget.com.

Also join us for the Heroku SxSW meetup on Sun from 5 - 8p. We'll have food, a haiku poetry slam, and drinks.

Have a great (and safe) SxSW, and hope to see you there. The Heroku Team

HTTP Request IDs improve visibility across the application stack

Visibility into your application is necessary to properly analyze and troubleshoot issues as they arise. One of the key factors to good visibility is using logs as event streams and treating them as the canonical source of what happened on an app.

The challenge with using logs is to correlate events across the stack consisting of your application's code and Heroku's platform components. Today, we are releasing new functionality that makes this simple. By using the emerging X-Request-ID convention, you can easily correlate multiple log entries to individual HTTP(s) requests.

HTTP Request IDs are now enabled on all Heroku apps.

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Join us at SxSW Interactive

Every year tens of thousands of people descend on Austin, TX for SxSW Interactive to learn about the latest in digital technologies. This year Heroku is descending as well and we want to see you there.

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Git Push Heroku Master: Now 40% Faster

Flow is an important part of software development. The ability to achieve flow during daily work makes software development a uniquely enjoyable profession. Interruptions in your code/test loop make this state harder to achieve. Whether you are running unit tests locally, launching a local webserver, or deploying to Heroku there's always some waiting and some interruption. Every second saved helps you stay in your flow.

We’ve been working on reducing the time it takes to build your code on Heroku. Read through this post for details on the process we used to make builds fast, or check out the end result from the graph below:


Let's take a look at our process in delivering these improvements further.

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