Powering the Internet of Customers with Heroku1

Editor's Note: We are cross-posting this article from the Salesforce Blog. It shows how we are bringing Heroku to a new market and audience - Salesforce customers - using a new product and message. If you are a user of both Heroku and Salesforce and are interested in connecting them, check out Heroku1.


Apps are an essential part of the Internet of Customers. They are the dashboards to people’s lives. They allow your customers to be part of your business’ workflows, and for you to engage with them on an unprecedented level. Customer connected apps are the next phase of how companies are innovating and gaining competitive advantage.

Today, we are launching Heroku1, a complete service for building and scaling the next generation of customer connected apps.

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Tools for integrating Heroku apps with Salesforce.com

At our core, Heroku's goal is to make it easier for developers to build great apps. We do this by creating tools which allow developers to focus on writing code, rather than wasting time on managing infrastructure. To coincide with this week's Dreamforce event, we are launching several tools targeted at developers who write apps on Heroku that integrate with Salesforce.com.

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Heroku at Dreamforce - Nov 18 - 21

It’s hard to believe the scale or imagine the energy that is Dreamforce. As part of the Salesforce Platform, a platform with a growing developer community and an amazing range of technologies, Heroku will join the party November 18-21 in San Francisco. This is a big deal for us.

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OAuth as Single Sign On

Today, we're announcing the release of a key part of our authentication infrastructure - id.heroku.com - under the MIT license. This is the service that accepts passwords on login and manages all things OAuth for our API. The repo is now world-readable at https://github.com/heroku/identity . Pull requests welcome.

While OAuth was originally designed to allow service providers to delegate some access on behalf of a customer to a third party, and we do use it that way too, Heroku also uses OAuth for SSO. We'd like to take this opportunity to provide a technical overview.

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Interview with Heroku's Mattt Thompson: The Incredibly True Story of Why an iOS Developer Dropped His CS Classes and Eventually Learned How to Fly

Editor's note: This is a guest post from Rikki Endsley.

In this exclusive interview, iOS developer Mattt Thompson opens up about the moment when he realized he'd become a programmer, why he dropped his computer science classes, and what he does AFK.

Mattt and a Unicorn

Had Mattt Thompson followed in his parents' footsteps, he'd be a musician now instead of a well-known iOS developer working as the Mobile Lead at Heroku. Matthew “Mattt” Thomas Thompson was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by parents who are both musicians, play in the symphony, and teach music. Whereas his sister took to music growing up, Mattt kept going back to his computer. He says he couldn't help it. “I'd spend hours in Photoshop and GoLive, learning all of the tricks to making websites. These were the days before CSS, when <table>,<font>, and spacer.gif were state of the art.” Back then, he pictured himself as a designer, which is what he did for the web design company he and a developer friend started while still in high school.

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