Why Heroku Adopted a Code of Conduct Policy and Sponsored The Ada Initiative

Editor's note: This is a guest post from Rikki Endsley. Rikki Endsley is a technology journalist and the USENIX Association's community manager. In the past, she worked as the associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN, and Ubuntu User, and as the managing editor of Sys Admin magazine. Find her online at rikkiendsley.com and @rikkiends on Twitter.

A code of conduct is a signal to attendees that conference organizers have carefully considered the issues involved with attending events, and that they want to make their conference welcoming and safe for everyone. Heroku recently adopted an event sponsorship policy that shows that the company recognizes the importance of formal codes of conduct. By announcing its new code of conduct policy, Heroku plans to help cultivate a more inviting and diverse community. Sara Dornsife, Director of Developer Marketing at Heroku, says that before agreeing to sponsor an event, the company will verify that the conference has a code of conduct in place. “If they do not, we will introduce them to the Ada Initiative so that they can get help to adopt one. If they refuse to adopt one, we will not sponsor.”

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Announcing a new and improved Node.js Buildpack

Last week we released a new version of our node buildpack that features dependency caching, faster downloads of the node binary, and support for any recent version of node. This new build process is now the default for all node apps on Heroku, so keep deploying your apps as you normally would and you should start to notice the speed improvements.

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A Patch in Time: Securing Ruby

There have been thousands of reported security vulnerabilities in 2013 alone, often with language that leaves it unclear if you're affected. Heroku's job is to ensure you can focus on building your functionality, as part of that we take responsibility for the security of your app as much as we're able. On Friday, November 22nd a security vulnerability was disclosed in Ruby (MRI): CVE-2013-4164 . Our team moved quickly to identify the risk to anyone using the Heroku platform and push out a fix.

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Batkid Saves the Day in SF

Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Jonathan Cipriano, creative developer based in San Francisco currently working as a Creative Research & Development Manager at AKQA.

A few weeks back, the Make-a-Wish Foundation made a 5-year old cancer survivor named Miles dream come true by helping him play out a Batman-style adventure in San Francisco. The city was morphed into Gotham for a day with the help of 12,000 volunteers. A rescue mission turned the pint-sized crusader into a social media sensation. Miles became Batkid for a day.

Inspired by his story, some creative devs at AKQA thought it would be fitting to memorialize the heroic event with an interactive comic book, thebatkid.com and created it on Heroku.

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Message Queues, Background Processing and the End of the Monolithic App

Editor's note: This is a guest post from Ken Fromm and Paddy Foran at Iron.io. Iron.io's services are designed for building distributed cloud applications quickly and operating at scale.

Platform as a Service has transformed the use of cloud infrastructure and drastically increased cloud adoption for common types of applications, but apps are becoming more complex. There are more interfaces, greater expectations on response times, increasing connections to other systems, and lots more processing around each event. The next shift in cloud development will be less about building monolithic apps and more about creating highly scalable and adaptive systems.

Don’t get us wrong, developers are not going to go around calling themselves systems engineers any time soon but at the scale and capabilities that the cloud enables, the title is not too far from the truth.

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