Introducing the Europe Region, Now Available in Public Beta

Today we’re happy to announce Heroku’s Europe region, available in public beta. With more than 3 million apps running on our platform from developers all over the globe, it's not surprising that we've had high demand for Heroku in more regions of the world. After collaborating closely with customers during private beta, we're now ready to offer Heroku services in Europe to all customers as part of a public beta. The Europe region runs Heroku applications from datacenters located in Europe, offering improved performance for users in that region.

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Expanded HTTP Method Support

HTTP and its secure variant, HTTPS, are the protocols used by every web client to talk to web applications. A key part of the protocol is the HTTP method. Traditionally, web applications used a very limited set of HTTP methods. It is common for application servers, proxies and routers (such as the Heroku HTTP router) to prevent unknown methods from being used. This unnecessary constraint of the Heroku HTTP router has increasingly become a limitation to developers building modern web applications.

In the past, if you tried to use an unsupported HTTP method in your Heroku application, clients would receive a 405 METHOD_NOT_ALLOWED error.

As of today, that's no longer the case. The Heroku routers now accept any HTTP method, allowing you to use newer methods that have recently gained adoption, such as PATCH.

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Heroku Postgres – Version 9.2 now Default

Over a year ago we began working with the community as to how we could help to make Postgres better. Much of this came to fruition with PostgreSQL version 9.2 and three months ago we released support of Postgres 9.2 into GA. PostgreSQL version 9.2 is now the new default when provisioning a Heroku Postgres database.

You can read more about the powerful features in this version over on the Heroku Postgres blog.

Postgres Version 9.2 is now Default

Over a year ago we began working with the community as to how we could help to make Postgres better. Much of this came to fruition with PostgreSQL version 9.2 and three months ago we released support of Postgres 9.2 into GA. We've now seen many users begin taking advantage of the powerful features in this version including:

In these three months the 9.2 PostgreSQL version has had time to bake including several minor updates fixing a variety of bugs. Today as a result of all of this we're making 9.2 the default version when you provision a Heroku Postgres database.

In addition to making 9.2 our new default we've end of lifed both version 8.3 and 8.4. To provide further detail around this we've documented our version policy for Postgres versions within the Dev Center. Provision your 9.2 database today to get started using many of these exciting new features.

Empowering Change: Programming Literacy for All

There has never been a better time to be a programmer. Every day more and more gadgets get connected or over-clocked. Programming is so prevalent that it often goes unnoticed in our daily lives. Whether we're scripting out social presence with IFTTT, or doing taxes with Excel, automation and programming has become an inescapable part of the modern world.

Heroku believes that to invest in our future, we must invest in programming literacy. While we're waiting for recursion to be a staple in our children’s classrooms, we can work on continuing and higher education today.

Heroku engineers are given opportunities and encouragement to be part of this movement. They’ve done so through supporting and participating in a number of groups including Hungry academy, Rails Girls, PyLadies, and more.

As a Heroku engineer I had a recent opportunity to teach a class in Ruby on Rails at the University of Texas in Austin. While nothing beats an in-classroom experience, it's not modular or scalable. In an effort to further scale programming literacy, we’ve been working to make this content available for everyone. After many re-takes, re-writes and hours of editing, we are happy to provide you with over 40 hours of video, lectures, exercises and quizes for free: Heroku Presents: UT on Rails.

The course will take a brand new developer up through the ranks, until they can build and deploy a fully functional website. If you or someone you know is interested in learning web programming, it's a great opportunity.

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