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Effortless application deployment and scaling

Are you a mature web developer or just starting your dive into writing scalable Web 2.0/3.0 applications? Or may be you already have an application that is gaining popularity that makes you concerned about withstanding larger traffic? Or perhaps you are at the very beginning of your IT career stumbled onto a strangely sounding and geeky moniker?

If any, or all of the above, look no further Neil and Richard’s book on Heroku: Up and Running.

Indeed, it will quickly submerge you into the wonderful world of scalable IT operations and teach you a great deal of prudent, responsible, yet technically accurate usage of PaaS.

Indeed this platform, as the name sounds, is out of this world. You will encounter terms as Dyno, Slug, and even Railgun! But not to worry, these will sound very familiar to most readers.

While the emphasis of the book is on what Heroku forest, and most importantly how it accepts your application builds this book makes sure you do not do the typical mistakes potentially saving you from grief down the road when you have a tested app that you want to show to the entire world and rejoice.

You will be informed on the most important packages or third-party services offered on Heroku, the place of a relational database in it, the importance of environmental variables and buildpacks, how to debug an application. Not to not to mention this book has hints on to what can go wrong. In short, in my opinion, this book is a must read for deployment technologists/specialists for sure. Especially for those involved into delivering or servicing mission critical apps.

It was an enjoyable read overall, in plain and informative language.

Three stars out of five in my opinion because it is an into type of the book with not too many small aspects covered.

Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 6:11 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Book Review – Heroku: Up and Running by Neil Middleton and Richard Schneeman, O'Reilly Media

# re: Book Review – Heroku: Up and Running by Neil Middleton and Richard Schneeman, O'Reilly Media
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manure web developer eh?
What are you trying to say?!
Left by web developer on Aug 09, 2013 5:01 PM

# re: Book Review – Heroku: Up and Running by Neil Middleton and Richard Schneeman, O'Reilly Media
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My bad. It is obviously a typo. I have just corrected it.

Thank you for flaggint it off.
Left by Compudicted on Aug 09, 2013 10:14 PM

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