Building Location Based Apps with Heroku PostGIS

Smartphones have changed the world – everyone has a device in their pocket that’s constantly connected to the internet and knows where you are. Combined with the rise of digital mapping it has become commonplace to build applications that use GIS (Geographical Information Systems) to digitally represent our physical reality and our location in it. Storing and manipulating geospatial data has become an essential part of application development. If you are building a mobile app it’s becoming table stakes that you take advantage of location.

Today we’re releasing PostGIS 2.0 into public beta as an extension to Heroku Postgres. Now all Heroku Postgres customers will be able to store and...

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RailsConf 2013

Developers are worthy of great experiences and at Heroku we aim to help improve this. Whether its making it easier to prepare your application for production on Heroku, not having to worry about security updates in your database, or getting notified of the latest rails vulnerability we want to make the world better for developers. This extends beyond the Heroku platform as well. For instance, our Ruby Task Force contributes back to projects like Ruby on Rails, Bundler, Code Triage, and Rails Girls.

Likewise, we aim to do everything we can to make your RailsConf experience better. Whether it is relaxing with some sake or getting performance advice for your application, we have a slew of...

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Introducing Production Check

Entering production is a key transition in your app’s lifecycle; it signals that your app will be delivering value to end users. You are no longer optimizing for testing—you are optimizing for performance and reliability, and there are new factors to consider at this stage.

Production Check

Today we’re announcing Production Check, an enhancement to the Heroku Dashboard that helps ensure that your app is ready to go to production. Production Check tests your app’s configuration against a set of optional—but highly recommended—criteria. It makes it easy to ensure that your app’s configuration lends itself to maximum uptime. Moreover, it ensures that you have tools available for understanding and monitoring...

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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.

One Heroku, Two Continents

The Europe region offers all the features of the existing US region. Both regions run apps on...

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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...

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