How would you like to win $1 million in a hackathon? Seriously.

As you know, Heroku is part of the Salesforce Platform. A platform with a growing developer community and broad range of technologies that developers have used to create amazing solutions. So at Salesforce, we thought we’d cook up a little surprise. OK, a huge surprise: the world’s first hackathon with a single $1 million prize.

It’s on. Come to Dreamforce. Build a next generation mobile app. And win a million bucks. Really. What better way to say thank you to our developers than to put on the biggest onsite hackathon in history. Today, we are thrilled to launch the Salesforce $1 Million Hackathon!

Here's how to get...

Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Hursh Agrawal, co-founder of Branch.

At Branch, we’ve been through several feature launches on and, more recently, several more on our new site, Potluck. Although it becomes easier, building high-quality, high-traffic web applications still isn’t easy. Here are a few things we’ve learned about hosting our apps on Heroku that have helped keep our latency down and our confidence up.

Building on Heroku

One thing that has been consistently helpful is not hosting services ourselves. Heroku provides a pretty extensive Add-on Marketplace you can use to get most services you’d need up and running in a matter of minutes.

At Branch, we use...

There are two axes of database monitoring. One axis is immediate insight. You can see what is happening right now, getting just-in-time visibility to solve problems and observe production behavior as it happens. The other axis is historical monitoring. This provides long-term persistence and reporting on the most important metrics over time, helping you make better decisions and understand trends.

With Heroku Postgres, you can get immediate insight with the pg-extras CLI plugin. Furthermore, we provide key metrics about your database right in your logs already for all applications.

For storage and reporting of your most important metrics, you can quickly set up rich historical reporting...

We’re excited to announce that WebSocket functionality is now available on Heroku in public beta. We can’t wait to see the powerful and creative real-time apps you’ll build. In this post, we show how to get up and running with WebSockets and demonstrate the functionality with two sample apps you can get on GitHub.

Editor's Note: WebSockets support is now Generally Available. The heroku labs:enable websockets command is no longer required for the example app below.

Getting Started

For full documentation of WebSocket support on Heroku, visit the Dev Center.

WebSocket functionality is available as part of Heroku Labs. First make sure you have the Heroku Toolbelt installed. Then...

Heroku is now using Extended Validation SSL Certificates for most of our Heroku-owned applications. This allows you to tell at a glance if an URL belongs to Heroku itself, or is merely hosted on us.

Fancy Pants cert in action

Applications in our legacy “Bamboo” stack are hosted under the DNS domain, which has historically made it difficult for people to differentiate between Heroku-owned apps (e.g.,, and customer applications. We believe the extra UI indication will prove useful in solving this problem.

For more information, see "EV SSL Certificates and Heroku-owned Applications" on Heroku Dev Center.

-Tom Maher
Heroku Security Team

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