Cedar-14 Public Beta

At Heroku, we want to give our users access to the latest and greatest software stacks to base their apps on. That’s why we continuously update buildpacks to support new language and framework versions and let users experiment further using third-party buildpacks.

Sitting underneath slugs and buildpacks are stacks. Stacks are the operating system and system libraries required to make apps run. Today we’re releasing into public beta a new version of the Celedon Cedar stack: cedar-14.

cedar-14 is built on the latest LTS version of Ubuntu Linux and has recent versions of libraries and system dependencies that will receive maintenance and security updates for a long time to come.

Before making cedar-14 the default stack, Heroku is looking for feedback from our users. To help weed out bugs and problems, please try out the stack with existing apps and new source code.

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The New Heroku Postgres Database Experience

Today Heroku is rolling out one of the most significant upgrades ever to our Postgres Database-as-a-Service. This new release is focused on a set of services that run on top of your Heroku Postgres database, making it easier to understand and operate, especially at scale. In addition, we are rolling out new production database plans with double the memory and 2-3 times the performance of our existing plans at the same cost to you.

These features represent a new experience for our Postgres service, which we collectively call DbX, for database experience. The highlight of these new features is Performance Analytics, a set of analytics and visualization tools that allow you to understand what is happening with your database and optimize its performance. In addition, we are bolstering the security of the service with the introduction of encryption-at-rest.

As with other Heroku products, we hope this focus on experience, and specifically the traditionally hard problems of operating and optimizing databases, will make building apps more productive and enjoyable.

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Introducing pg:diagnose

Introducing pg:diagnose, a new tool for finding and fixing performance issues with your Heroku Postgres database. The heroku pg:diagnose CLI command unlocks the wealth of built-in information that PostgreSQL stores about its own health and performance, presenting it in simple report that makes identifying and correcting common database problems effortless.

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Introducing Heroku Button

At Heroku, we want to make the process of deploying, running and updating code simple and easy. To that end, we’re launching the Heroku Button: a simple HTML or Markdown snippet that can be added to READMEs, blog posts and other places where code lives. Clicking a Heroku Button will take you through a guided process to configure and deploy an app running the source code referenced by the button.

The best way to understand the Heroku Button is to try one. Click the example button below to deploy a Node.js sample project to an app running on your Heroku account:

Deploy on Heroku

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New Heroku Dashboard and Metrics now in Beta

At Heroku, we’re focused on delivering thoughtfully designed systems to improve developer productivity and experience. We firmly believe that improving the development and operations experience helps developers to build and run better apps. This improvement allows developers to focus more on functionality, and businesses to focus more on the value of their applications.

Today we are pleased to announce two new features, both in public beta, that support this mission: a new Heroku Dashboard and Heroku Metrics. These new systems bring developers powerful new clarity and simplicity around application management, execution, and optimization.

New Heroku Dashboard: Managing applications, organizations, and accounts via the web is now easier than ever.

Heroku Metrics: Monitoring production applications and understanding the relationships between runtime characteristics is now built into Heroku.

Both are live for you to begin using now.

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