Heroku Review Apps now Generally Available

Today, we are happy to announce the graduation of Heroku Review apps from an exceptionally popular beta to being generally available to all Heroku users.

Review apps are the instant, disposable Heroku app environments that can spin up automatically with each GitHub pull request. They allow developers and their teams to automatically build and test any pull request, updated at every push, at a temporary, shareable URL. When the pull request is closed or merged, the Review app is deleted. GitHub users are notified of all this, right in the pull request web interface.

Heroku Review apps

Instead of speculating on how the code in a pull request might run, you can actually see the code running in a live...

Read more →

Cyber Monday, No Sweat: Why Sweet Tooth Chose PaaS

We recently sat down for a chat with Bill Curtis, a co-founder and the CTO of Sweet Tooth, a points and rewards app for online stores worldwide.

What has been your greatest challenge?

We’re serving way more data today than we ever have, so scaling is mission-critical. In the past, we’ve struggled with traffic spikes. For example, there are seasonal spikes, like Black Friday or Cyber Monday. There are also spikes from merchant activity, such as load testing stores or importing a large number of orders.

I recently tweeted our requests-per-hour graph. It showed that during the huge spikes for this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, our product availability was seamless on Heroku. That...

Read more →

Talking with Tom Dale about Ember FastBoot and the Return of Scrappy JavaScript

Tom Dale with Terence Lee and Matt Creager

Last week, Terence Lee and I caught up with Tom Dale at EmberConf to talk about FastBoot, when you should avoid native apps, and why JavaScript on the server and the browser might start to converge. Check the end for the full recording!

So let's start with the drama, would you say Ember has declared war on native apps? [laughs]

[sigh] Yeah. Yeah, I think that's fair. Yeah. Sure. Why not? Let's go with that.

A lot of other frameworks, take this approach of bringing web technologies and dropping them into native experiences - React Native being the prime example. It seems that Ember wants to bring back the glory days for web technologies - is that right?

Yeah, absolutely. I...

Read more →

Sunsetting Heroku’s Legacy Platform API (v2)

Two years ago we released the Heroku Platform API (v3), providing a supported way to automate and instrument Heroku and making it even easier for you to build new products. Today we are deprecating the legacy, unofficial version of the API that preceded it (v2), as its usage is limited and we are focusing development on the newer, officially-supported API.

We will sunset v2 of the API on April 15, 2017. For security reasons, we will be sunsetting support of auth in query string sooner, which we will announce in the Changelog.

If you are using the older version of the API, we recommend transitioning to v3 as soon as possible. Please reach out to us through support if you have any...

Read more →

React, Ruby and CI: An Interview with Matthew Eckstein

Matthew Eckstein is the VP of Engineering for charity: water. For more information, visit: www.charitywater.org. Read our charity: water customer story to learn more about how Heroku has helped their organization deliver clean water to millions of people around the world.

Tell us a bit about charity: water

charity: water is a non-profit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations all around the world.

We rebuilt our online fundraising and donation platform on Heroku and are super excited to share our story today, March 22nd on World Water Day.

When we first moved to Heroku, we decided to rebuild our system from the ground up. The engineering...

Read more →

Browse the blog archives, subscribe to the full-text feed, or visit the engineering blog.