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Professional Heroku Programming

A complete guide to building and deploying web apps with Heroku

A cloud application platform, Heroku is currently the only approved platform for creating apps within Facebook, and its number of users is growing at rapid pace. However, there are very few books on the market that offer professional-level coverage of this platform, until now. The author duo begins with an introduction to the Heroku platform and its associated core concepts and then goes on to explain how writing for this platform differs from that of traditional development systems. Example applications, additional resources, and advice for your next steps round out this resource, making it a thorough, indispensable guide.

  • Features information not found anywhere else, as both authors work for Heroku
  • Explains the inner workings of Heroku with special emphasis placed on building web and mobile applications
  • Introduces GIT-based development workflow and the process model within the Heroku platform
  • Details coding, building, deploying, and scaling effectively using the Heroku tool base

Providing you with fully functional code and downloadable code examples, Professional Heroku Programming is your complete guide to mastering this platform.

From the Back Cover
Your total guide to building and deploying brilliant web and mobile apps with Heroku

Want to gain a deep understanding of the Heroku platform as a service (PaaS) and what makes it tick? Looking for insider tips and expert guidance on how to structure your apps to take utmost advantage of the Heroku platform? Do you need an accessible, totally practical guide to quickly mastering the skills needed to create brilliant apps with the world’s number-one cloud PaaS? If the answer to any or all of these questions is “Yes,” you’ve come to the right place.

Written by two gurus at Heroku and its parent company,, this book quickly gets you up to speed on core Heroku concepts and then cuts to the chase with detailed step-by-step tutorials on Heroku programming. In no time you’ll get a handle on architecting, developing, deploying, and scaling outstanding apps using the Heroku platform.

Clearly explaining the key differences between developing in Heroku versus traditional platforms and emphasizing web and mobile app development, Professional Heroku Programming delivers:

  • Insider information and progrtamming tips you won’t find anywhere else
  • Coverage of Git-based development workflow and the process model for Heroku
  • Language-specific programming patterns
  • Example apps for Ruby®, Java®, Node.js®, Scala®, Python® and other Heroku-supported languages
  • Details of the Heroku add-on ecosystem to extend your app and add functionality
  • Pointers on getting the most out of Heroku’s data and asset store options
  • Tons of downloadable sample code
  • Resources for taking your Heroku development skills to the next level

Table of Contents
Part I: An Overview of Heroku
Chapter 1. How Heroku Works
Chapter 2. Architectural Considerations
Chapter 3. Porting Your Applications to Heroku

Part II: Creating and Managing Heroku Applications
Chapter 4. Deploying Your Applications to Heroku
Chapter 5. Managing Releases with Heroku
Chapter 6. Working with Add-Ons
Chapter 7. Managing, Monitoring, and Scaling Your Heroku Applications

Part III: Using A Data Store with Your Heroku Applications
Chapter 8. Using Heroku Postgres as a Data Store for Your Heroku Applications
Chapter 9. Using as a Data Store for Your Heroku Applications
Chapter 10. Using Third-Party Data Stores for Your Heroku Applications

Part IV: Programming on Heroku’s Polyglot Platform
Chapter 11. Developing with Ruby
Chapter 12. Developing with Java
Chapter 13. Developing with Other Supported Languages
Chapter 14. Understanding Buildpacks

Part V: Creating a New Generation of Heroku Applications
Chapter 15. Building Mobile Applications with Heroku
Chapter 16. Building Social Applications with Heroku

Book Details

  • Paperback: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (February 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118508998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118508992
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