Microservices in Go using Go-kit

Go-kit is a distributed programming toolkit for building microservices. It solves the common problems encountered while building distributed systems, so you can focus on your business logic. This article starts with a bit of background on microservices, then guidance on how to get started with Go-kit, including instructions on getting a basic service up and running on Heroku.

A Brief Intro to Microservices

Traditionally, web applications are built using a monolithic approach where the entire application is built, designed, deployed and maintained as a single unit. When working with a monolithic application various problems can arise over time: it’s easy for abstractions to leak across...

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Building a P2P Marketplace on Heroku: An Interview with Vitali Margolin

Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Vitali Margolin is the Head of R&D for Roomer. Vitali leads a team of seven developers who built and operate the travel marketplace www.roomertravel.com and the travel protection service www.life-happens.com, both running on Heroku.

What are you running on Heroku?

The four big projects are: the Roomer website, our administration app, our partner network and B2B website, and the Roomer API. The Roomer API is our highest load app. It can get up to 10k requests per minute from partner integrations such as Kayak. We have a few more technical products, including an app that does text recognition and automatically decodes confirmation emails, as well as a smart...

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Heroku Pipelines Emerges from Beta

Today is a big day for Heroku Pipelines — our continuous delivery feature that provides a visual sequence of app environments in which to test, stage, and deliver code through to production. Pipelines is now released for General Availability (GA).

A simple, three-stage Heroku Pipeline.

Heroku Pipelines provides teams of all sizes a new way to visualize and manage the development of applications, features, and fixes from dev and test, to staging, to production (and supports even more stages if that's your team's thing). Each Pipeline stage contains the Heroku apps, resources, and add-ons necessary to test your applications before "promoting" it to the next stage.

The Pipelines GitHub integrations include...

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Running Parse on Heroku

Three months ago we announced that Parse would be opening their Cloud Code product so that their customers would be able to deploy their mobile backends to Heroku. This allowed Parse customers to use a full Node.js environment with Cloud Code. With Parse’s recent announcement, we’re taking that one step further, by allowing you to deploy your own Parse API server to Heroku.

What this means for developers is that you will now be able to run all of your Parse services on Heroku, taking advantage of Heroku’s scalable platform as well as Heroku features like Pipelines, Review Apps, and GitHub Sync. Beyond that, because the Parse Server is now open source, you will also be able to extend and...

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How Lean Poker Teaches Continuous Deployment on Heroku: An Interview with Creator Rafael Ördög

In 2013, Rafael Ördög put poker and code together, the result: Lean Poker, a competitive coding event that teaches continuous deployment and lean startup methodologies. Rafael is based in Budapest, Hungary.

What's Lean Poker?

Lean Poker is a coding workshop that is designed to teach people how to practice continuous deployment and lean startup methodologies. Companies can sponsor a free public event or hold an internal, team-building event for their own employees.

The basic starting code is really simple and teams can use the language of their choice. The challenge is not to understand an existing code base but to modify it—to build a new app. Teams must iterate their app quickly in...

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