April 02, 2013 by Mattt Thompson
Heroku has a strong tradition with open source projects. Engineers have dedicated countless hours to the projects that developers count on every day. Open Source Software is in our DNA.
Speaking personally, I’m passionate about building tools like AFNetworking and cupertino, in order to help developers build insanely great experiences for mobile devices. It’s with great pleasure that I introduce something new I’ve been working on:
Helios is an open-source framework that provides essential backend services for iOS apps. This includes data synchronization, push notifications, in-app purchases, and passbook integration. It allows developers to get a client-server app up-and-running while seamlessly incorporating functionality as necessary.
Helios is designed for "mobile first" development. Build out great features on the device, and implement the server-side components as necessary. Pour all of your energy into crafting a great user experience, rather than getting mired down with the backend.
Built on the Rack webserver interface, Helios can be easily added into any existing Rails or Sinatra application. Or, if you're starting with a Helios application, you can build a new Rails or Sinatra application on top of it. This means that you can develop your application using the tools and frameworks you love, and maintain flexibility with your architecture as your needs evolve.