#WIT: Inspiring the World’s Next Generation of Female Leaders in Tech

At Heroku and at Salesforce, we’re always looking for ways we can help increase the number of young women with access to careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Recently, thanks to a Heroku engineering manager’s involvement on this issue with a local school, we hosted a Technovation Challenge event at the Heroku offices. We wanted to share the story about this great program - the Technovation Challenge is an annual competition, and you could do something similar in your community!

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Introducing Session Affinity

Today we’re excited to announce public beta support for HTTP session affinity, a feature that makes building real-time applications easier than ever. Session affinity improves end user experience in certain types of applications and architectures where you require some level of extra state within your application code, because it ensures related requests get routed to the same instance of your code. This improves performance reducing the need to go and get the needed state for a specific user.

At high level, here's how it works: When you enable session affinity on your application, the Heroku router will set a special cookie on every HTTP request. This cookie will allow our routing layer to consistently route requests for a client session to the same dyno. This means you can reduce the roundtrip needed to get various session data for a user making your real-time applications fast and responsive.

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PostgreSQL 9.4 General Availability

We’re pleased to announce PostgreSQL 9.4 in general availability for Heroku Postgres. After announcing the beta earlier this year, we’ve had many developers provision databases against this new version. Throughout the beta period, developers raved about the new data type along with the performance enhancements to materialized views. This uptake by early adopters demonstrates an interest in everything that the new version of PostgreSQL provides, from features to performance.

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Announcing Heroku Elements – The Marketplace for the Builders of the App Economy

These days, apps are more composed than built. Long past are the days of spinning up your own Elasticsearch cluster to add search to your application. Instead we borrow from previous projects, and adapt a template as a good foundation. It’s a great improvement – but the process of keeping up to date with the right services, tools, and templates can be a time consuming task at best, and an overwhelming flood of new information at worst.

Today we're excited to announce Heroku Elements, a new marketplace that brings all of the pieces within our Heroku ecosystem together in one place. It’s a simpler way to discover and select the best components to build apps fast.

In a nutshell, Heroku Elements includes:

  • Adds-ons, together with data and insights - Choosing the right add-on isn’t always easy. Sometimes you want to evaluate all of them, and sometimes you’d prefer to use a trusted name and quickly move on. The Heroku Elements marketplace adds more data about your add-ons and provides tools to better guide you as you compose your app.
  • Buildpack discovery - Since we launched buildpacks over three years ago, we’ve seen you use them in all sorts of clever and crazy ways. Now it becomes trivial to take advantage of a buildpack someone else created. Search the Heroku Elements marketplace to discover new buildpacks from Heroku or choose from the hundreds built and maintained as part of our ecosystem.
  • Button discovery - Buttons provide the easiest way to get up and running with an example template or sample app on Heroku.

We’d love you to head directly over to Heroku Elements and check it out; or if you like, read on to learn about some of the things Heroku elements brings to you.

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Making CLI Plug-ins Better with a New Architecture

At Heroku, most of us love living in the CLI. Of course, we're absolutely dedicated to providing a great developer experience whether it’s in the dashboard or at the terminal, but we also believe a mastery of the command line interface offers great productivity to you as a developer. A well designed CLI coupled with other small sharp Linux tools provide primitives to build powerful productivity. Today we're introducing an exciting new foundation for the Heroku CLI – an entirely rebuilt plug-in architecture.

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