April 5, 2021
Heroku is a widely relied-upon platform-as-a-service that lets developers carry out hassle-free application deployment, scaling, and management for their application prototypes and full-scale applications. The platform offers support for a wide range of programming languages such as Java and Ruby.
Heroku is one of the fastest, least expensive ways to create an enterprise-level application. Its ecosystem of support, backed by Salesforce, and AWS is nearly impossible to beat with an in-house solution. However, there are other distinct advantages of building on Heroku that win favor with Salesforce developers for application development:
Heroku was built by developers, for developers and the user interface is a prime example of this fact. It is simple and works precisely as a developer would expect. Both the Heroku Connect dashboard and the Heroku dashboard allow developers to visualize application health, provide traffic data, and display activity levels of servers and dynos. It saves developers time by making their job easier, which means you save money and schedule with every Heroku project.
Heroku works with a variety of open-source languages to provide flexibility in selecting from a wide variety of plug-and-play tools and to ease integration with existing systems. Heroku currently supports Node.js, Java, Ruby, PHP, Python, Go, Scala and Clojure. Leveraging the strength of a specific language allows you to build a combination of applications (in a variety of languages) or choose the one language that works best for your unique needs.
Heroku platform runs your code inside a dyno. A dyno is an isolated container that bundles up computing resources (CPU and memory allowance) with a copy of the application code and its dependencies. Once your application is packaged up and ready to run in a dyno, Heroku’s platform can create and run as many independent copies of it as it wants. This is known as horizontal scaling and is the reason for its massive scalability. If your app gets a sudden spike of traffic, we can click a button, and immediately there are five, or ten, or a hundred instances of your app running and ready to handle it.
The infrastructure of Heroku and the rich library of add-ons significantly reduce project time and cost. For developers, this means less (or no) time spent on things like load balancing and building email servers and more time spent on the creative aspects of development that translate into real game-changers. For businesses looking to deploy a new application, it means increased speed to market and a smaller development budget.
Heroku is built on AWS infrastructure, backed by Salesforce- which makes it exceptionally reliable. Both Amazon and Salesforce have the capacity, engineers, IT infrastructure, ability, and understanding to fend off modern attacks. This level of support is difficult to match in-house.
The Heroku community is stupendous. Not only is there a wealth of information and support available through Heroku’s Dev Center, Help, and Partners, there is an active community of developers in online forums. This community is continuously creating new add-ons that enhance the ability of Heroku and make it easier to quickly deploy new applications.
Augmenting and optimizing capabilities for existing Salesforce products through a Heroku-based solution allows your business to further increase your Salesforce ROI and, increases flexibility for your business processes. Connect with our Salesforce integration services and discover how using Heroku with Salesforce can be your best choice for developing enterprise applications.