Happy Holidays from Heroku. Congratulations to the ruby-core team on a successful 2.3.0 release, which is now available on Heroku -- you can learn more about Ruby on Heroku at heroku.com/ruby. We had the pleasure of speaking with Matz (Yukihiro Matsumoto), the creator of Ruby and Chief Ruby Architect at Heroku, about the release.

What’s New in Ruby 2.3: Interview with Matz

Ruby releases happen every year on Christmas day. Why Christmas?

Ruby was originally my pet project, my side project. So releases usually happened during my holiday time. Now, it’s a tradition. It’s ruby-core’s gift to the Ruby community.

Do you have any favorite features coming in Ruby 2.3?

I’m excited about the...

We're pleased to announce the beta of SSO for Heroku. With this beta, Heroku now supports the current and most widely supported SSO standard known as SAML 2.0, and has partnered with leading identity providers (IdPs) for easy set-up. Customers can use their existing identity provider like Salesforce Identity, Okta, PingOne, Microsoft Active Directory, and PingFederate for their employees' single sign-on to Heroku Enterprise.

SSO for Heroku using Salesforce Identity as IdP

SSO is expected to be generally available in early February. Initially, it will be available to Heroku Enterprise customers. For enterprise customers who want to use the feature during the beta period, it is now available in the "Settings" tab of...

Heroku has years of experience operating our world-class platform, and we have developed many internal tools to operate it along the way; however, with the introduction of Heroku Private Spaces, much of the infrastructure was built from the ground up and we needed new tools to operate this new platform. At the center of this, we built a new operations console to give ourselves a bird's eye view of the entire system, be able to drill down into issues in a particular space, and everything in between.

The operations console is a single-page React application with a reverse proxy on the backend to securely access data from a variety of sources. The console itself started off from a mashup...

A year and half ago, we launched support for PHP on Heroku, built from the ground up with modern features designed to give developers a more elegant and productive experience on the platform. Last week, we made PHP 7 available on top of a new, reworked version of our PHP support, and our users are adopting PHP 7’s exciting new features and stellar performance improvements quickly—we’re already seeing PHP 7 being used in the majority of PHP deploys on Heroku.

Under the hood, much of the logic that handles a deploy has changed, but not the fundamental principles upon which our support for PHP applications is designed. We've always been determined to provide a fully standards-based...

At the tail end of 2015, JavaScript developers have a glut of tools at our disposal. The last time we looked into this, the modern JS landscape was just emerging. Today, it's easy to get lost in our huge ecosystem, so successful teams follow guidelines to make the most of their time and keep their projects healthy.

Here are ten habits for happy Node.js hackers as we enter 2016. They're specifically for app developers, rather than module authors, since those groups have different goals and constraints:

1. Start every new project with npm init

Npm's init command will scaffold out a valid package.json for your project, inferring common properties from the working directory.


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