WebSockets Now in Public Beta

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: Features added through Heroku Labs are experimental and are subject to change.

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Extended Validation SSL Certificates on Heroku

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

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WAL-E and Continuous Protection with Heroku Postgres

Heroku Postgres is Heroku’s database-as-a-service product. With Heroku Postgres, you can easily provision and scale a Postgres database for your Heroku application, or as a stand-alone service. Recently, we’ve blogged about PostgreSQL 9.3 on Heroku and how you can use Heroku Postgres dataclips to build awesome business dashboards with your data. In this post, we talk about how Heroku Postgres delivers continuous protection for your business data using WAL-E, an open source application for archiving PostgreSQL WAL (Write Ahead Log) files quickly, continuously and with a low operational burden.

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How SpaceGlasses Builds the Future with Heroku

Editor's note: This is a guest post from Michael Buckbee of Meta/SpaceGlasses.

SpaceGlasses are augmented reality glasses that actually work. They let people control systems with a gesture, see virtual objects on top of the real world and create technology that would make Tony Stark proud.

Prior to joining Meta, I had developed and managed a number of high traffic Rails sites. I was brought on to help move the company’s website from a single static launch page to being an e-commerce platform and to help lay the groundwork for the company’s app store.

We chose to build on top of Heroku as we are moving very quickly, need to have a lots of flexibility and don’t have the time or budget to provision our own infrastructure from scratch.

As the site’s traffic has rapidly grown from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of visitors a day being on Heroku has only made more sense.

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How Travis CI Uses Heroku to Scale Their Platform

Editor's note: This is a guest post from Mathias Meyer of Travis CI.

Travis CI is a continuous integration and deployment platform. It started out as a project to offer a free platform for the open source community to run their tests and builds on.

Over the past two years, Travis CI has grown, a lot. What started out with a single server running just a few hundred tests a day turned into a platform used by thousands of open source projects and hundreds of companies for their public and private projects. Travis CI is currently serving more than 62,000 active open source projects, with 32,000 daily builds, and 3,000 private projects with 11,000 daily builds.

Heroku is an important part of how we’ve scaled our platform, and this is the story of how we did it.

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