July 17, 2012 by Matthew Manning
Last summer, Heroku became a polyglot platform, with official support for Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, Java, Python, and Scala. Building a platform that works equally well for such a wide variety of programming languages was a unique technical design challenge.
We knew from the outset that maintaining siloed, language-specific products – a Heroku for Ruby, a Heroku for Node.js, a Heroku for Clojure, and so on – wouldn't be scalable over the long-term.
Instead, we created Cedar: a single, general-purpose stack with no native support for any language. Adding support for any language is a matter of layering on a build-time adapter that can...Read more →