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Heroku
Heroku is the leading platform as a service in the world and supports Ruby, Java, Python, Scala, Clojure, and Node.js. Deploying an app is simple and easy. No special tools needed, just a plain git push. Deployment is instant, whether your app is big or small.
Here are the latest news about Heroku:

2015 Heroku launches application development platform for Enterprise


Heroku, the Salesforce-owned, application development and hosting platform, announced a new product line called Heroku Enterprise. It’s geared for big companies that want to develop the kind of modern applications seen at startups while providing the type of features that many large enterprises want, including security features and access control. Essentially, the product line claims that large enterprises can now have it both ways: a way to make the type of applications that are typically derived from an agile-development process (with access to trendy technology like containers and new database services) all while being monitored under the iron fist of the enterprise. Kudos to Heroku if it can pull that off. With Heroku Enterprise, organizations can supposedly now monitor all their developers, applications and resources under one interface.



2014 Salesforce connects Heroku to its cloud


Salesforce finally connected the Heroku cloud application platform (which it acquired in 2010) to Force.com with the release of the Heroku Connect tool. Heroku and Force.com represent two vastly different development systems based on completely different programming languages—but Salesforce now has a working bi-directional connection between them. Instead of a deep integration with Heroku, Salesforce customers can connect Heroku apps to Salesforce without the need for extensive recoding, which is a potentially expensive and time-consuming affair. Salesforce knows it needs to show off tools like Heroku Connect to attract developers and convince them Force.com will work with popular Web toolkits like Node.js, Ruby on Rails and Java.



2012 Top 7 Dreamforce stories



At the Dreamforce 12 conference Salesforce presented a lot of new products, but the problem is that most of these new products either had been already presented at the conference last year, or will become live to next year's conference. So, we'll just briefly go over the main ones:
1. Salesforce Marketing Cloud has absorbed the acquired services Radian6 and Buddy Media and become the most powerful social marketing tool in the world.
2. Service for employee development and business goals achievement Work.com is already live and appeared in the top six Salesforce's products on the home page of the company site

3. Salesforce's version of Dropbox for Enterprise (ChatterBox) will appear next year. It's main feature will be the "social context" of stored files

4. Communities and chat in the Chatter (announced a year ago) are finally available

5. Also available the HTML5 interface Salesforce Touch, which allows to access any Salesforce application from any mobile device. Interestingly, that few days ago the Internet giant Facebook announced the 180-degree turn from HTML5 to mobile apps



6. Next year, Salesforce will launch the service, code-named Salesforce Identity, which would become a universal authentication tool for enterprise applications, like Facebook is for public sites

7. The PaaS-platform Heroku (owned by Salesforce) adds support for Java and becomes much more attractive for developing and hosting enterprise applications (previously it supported only Ruby)



2010 Force.com 2 - already 5 PaaS platfroms


At the Dreamforce conference, Salesforce demonstrated one more time that now it's not so interested in CRM (it was mainly a subject for jokes) as in cloud platforms. Following the release of SaaS database Database.com, the company introduced another big Force.com feature - Heroku - the PaaS startup that Salesforce has recently acquired for $ 212 million. Heroku - is a cloud platform for developing and hosting Ruby-applications (Ruby - is a popular framework for developing Web apps, created by 37Signals). Heroku became one of the five PaaS-services included in the new version Force.com 2. And the new structure of the Force.com platform now looks like this:

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Force.com is backed by cloud DBMS Database.com. And developers, depending on their skills and goals, can select one of five options:

- AppForce - platform for rapid app development. It allows to build apps with 80% clicks and 20% code
- Siteforce - platform for creating and managing external websites. It also utilises mainly visual development tools
- VMForce - platform for building Java-based applications. Supports easy migration of existing packaged enterprise apps to the cloud
- Heroku - platform for building Ruby-applications
- ISVforce - platform for SaaS providers, where they can host and manage internet services, sell them at AppExchange marketplace

Recall also that Force.com provides tools for developing and hosting Flash/AIR apps and integration tools for Google Apps.
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