Helios - open source framework for mobile

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.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Nezumi 2.0 for Managing Heroku Apps 'on-the-go' Now Available for iPhone

Heroku users are known for leading jet-setter lifestyles. It's true! Developers with refined, sophisticated tastes git push to the cloud in order to appreciate the finer things of life: foreign cinema, travel to exotic destinations, and focusing on development instead of configuring system infrastructure.

So it's only natural that Heroku developers on-the-go reach for Nezumi.

Nezumi is a paid 3rd-party iPhone app created by Marshall Huss that allows you to scale dynos, restart apps, and so much more--perfect for when you're away from your computer. Its latest release adds support for Cedar applications, multiple accounts, a revamped console and log viewer, and a sleek, new app icon, which will look amazing on your home screen.

Nezumi Console Nezumi Dashboard

Nezumi can be purchased on the iTunes App Store now at a limited-time introductory price of $4.99. Existing Nezumi customers can download 2.0 as a free upgrade.

Nezumi has given us a few promo codes that can be redeemed for a free download. Leave a comment below for a chance to have one e-mailed to you!

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