Heroku Connect: Faster Synchronization and New Event Driven Architecture

In May we released the first version of Heroku Connect, a service that makes it easy to build Heroku apps that share data with your Salesforce deployment.

Today we released our first major update to the service, bringing new speed and scale enhancements to all Heroku Connect users. Together, these enhancements lower latency on Heroku Connect synchronization, provide developers with more granular controls and improve insight into their Force.com API utilization.

Event Driven Synchronization from Force.com to Heroku Postgres

One of the top requests from the first Heroku Connect customers was to reduce the latency of synchronization between Force.com and Heroku Postgres. With this...

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The new PHP on Heroku now Generally Available

Today we’re announcing the general availability of the new PHP support on Heroku. The key features, in case you missed them when we outlined them in the beta announcement, include:

We’re very happy to make this generally available for all users. Since our public beta weeks ago we’ve seen a variety of users trying many of these modern frameworks such as Laravel and Symfony, as well as work towards improving the development experience by running our own buildpack locally.

In addition to all of the above which was available at the public beta, we’ve improved our PHP...

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WebSockets now Generally Available

WebSocket support was introduced as a Labs feature last year, and we went through extensive testing and a number of technical iterations to improve performance and to provide a predictable compliance target. Thanks to great interaction with the community and early feature users, we now have a fast and robust solution available in production.

Why WebSockets

WebSockets provide bi-directional and full-duplex channels, allowing you to create applications with support for streaming, flexible protocols, and persistent connections.

Getting Started with New Apps

If you are creating a new application on Heroku, there is no need to enable WebSockets or to configure your application to use the...

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Faster Database forking

Did you know that Heroku databases can be forked? Forking a database creates a byte-for-byte copy that can be used for testing and development. It is a useful tool that allows teams to be agile with their data.

Today, forking databases is becoming faster. Fast forking reduces the time to create a fork by hours for high transaction database. To quickly fork a database, simply add the --fast flag:

$ heroku addons:add heroku-postgresql:crane --fork BLUE --fast 

Fast forks behave differently from regular forks. They take less time to create, but the data will be somewhat out-of-date (as much as 30 hours). If your data has not changed significantly and you have not performed any schema...

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Introducing the app.json Application Manifest

Developers want to spend less time setting up applications and start working with the code sooner. Setting up applications is error-prone, time consuming and interruptive to the development flow. Often, there are several steps to go from your code or other samples and templates that you find in repositories online, to a running application that you can continue to work on.

Today, we are excited to introduce the app.json manifest. app.json enables developers to define their applications' details, setup configurations and runtime environments in a structured way. Instead of providing step-by-step instructions, you can now add app.json files to your applications' source code. You...

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