WebSockets now Generally Available

WebSocket support was introduced as a Labs feature last year, and we went through extensive testing and a number of technical iterations to improve performance and to provide a predictable compliance target. Thanks to great interaction with the community and early feature users, we now have a fast and robust solution available in production.

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Faster Database forking

Did you know that Heroku databases can be forked? Forking a database creates a byte-for-byte copy that can be used for testing and development. It is a useful tool that allows teams to be agile with their data.

Today, forking databases is becoming faster. Fast forking reduces the time to create a fork by hours for high transaction database. To quickly fork a database, simply add the --fast flag:

$ heroku addons:add heroku-postgresql:crane --fork BLUE --fast

Fast forks behave differently from regular forks. They take less time to create, but the data will be somewhat out-of-date (as much as 30 hours). If your data has not changed significantly and you have not performed any schema migrations in the last 30 hours, then fast forks are a speedy alternative to regular ones.

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Introducing the app.json Application Manifest

Developers want to spend less time setting up applications and start working with the code sooner. Setting up applications is error-prone, time consuming and interruptive to the development flow. Often, there are several steps to go from your code or other samples and templates that you find in repositories online, to a running application that you can continue to work on.

Today, we are excited to introduce the app.json manifest. app.json enables developers to define their applications' details, setup configurations and runtime environments in a structured way. Instead of providing step-by-step instructions, you can now add app.json files to your applications' source code. You and other developers can then easily deploy the source code into fully configured apps on Heroku, ready for further development.

The new app-setups endpoint in the Heroku Platform API leverages app.json to make setting up of complex applications as simple as a single API call. app-setups orchestrates the different steps involved in getting an application deployed and running, freeing up developers everywhere to quickly start working on the code in a fully configured application environment.

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Introducing programmatic builds on Heroku

Today, we are announcing an important addition to the Heroku Platform API: The /apps/:app/builds endpoint. This endpoint exposes the Heroku slug compilation process as a simple API primitive. You can use the endpoint to turn any publicly hosted source-tarball into a slug running on a Heroku app in seconds.

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The Heroku HTTP API Toolchain

Today we’re open sourcing the toolchain Heroku uses to design, document, and consume our HTTP APIs. We hope this shows how Heroku thinks about APIs and gives you new tools to create your own.

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