Monday, November 19

Heroku: Rails development in a web browser, with hosting.

Heroku is too cool for school. I just got my beta invite this morning and I'm having a blast playing with it. It's a Rails development interface (basically a webified text editor with some shell wrappers) that runs inside your browser with AJAXy goodness, letting you create and edit Rails applications in real time. It's rather impractical from a real-world point of view, lacking features like version control, and IDE niceties like code completion, and I haven't figured out how to use gems without "vendoring" them, but it's still insanely fun to dabble with and show off to your colleagues. The migration management is rather clever, and the drill-down logging is nice. They are still in beta, but perhaps by the time they go public it might be a decent little platform for very simple deployments like Grandma's Flickr and Twitter mash-up. But putting all practicality and business potential aside, it's an impressive feat of programming. Kudos to them.

19 comments:

Per Olesen said...

Hi Ted, That sounds cool.

Any chance you could send me an invite? It says at Heroku, that existing users can invite others. I would like to try it out.

Teflon Ted said...

I need an e-mail address :-)

Per Olesen said...

Ooh, I thought that blogger would give you that as reply email when I commented with my blogger identity.

Anyways, it is "per.olesen" as the first part before @ on a gmail address. Can you decode that? :-)

dewie said...

Hi Ted,

Could you send me an invite to ?
I'm on the waiting list :(

d a n i e l at i t x l . n l

Teflon Ted said...

Done and done, gentlemen.

Tech Per said...

Thanks man, great!

dewie said...

Thanks haven't seen it coming, but hopefully on it's way, Thanks !

ben.n said...

s pretty sweet. if you can send an invite to fchalo@gmail.com, that would be super awesome.

Teflon Ted said...

Hmm, I can't get into my account this morning. Either the site is having problems or they shut me out. I'll try again later.

Teflon Ted said...

Still can't get in. I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt and assuming they are having problems with their system, hoping they haven't killed my account.

Tech Per said...

Hi Ted: Just for the record. My login works without any trouble..!?

Teflon Ted said...

I'm back on; invites sent.

Robert said...

Now that you've had a week to sink in - how are you liking it?

dewie said...

Hi could anyone send me another invite, i didn't get the first one, thanks !

Teflon Ted said...

Dewie, I resent your invite. Did you typo your e-mail perhaps?

Robert, I've not gone back to play with it.

Kamilion said...

Howdy Ted, any chance I might be able to get an invite as well? Like most of the others, I have a gmail account, my username is Kamilion.

Thanks a bunch!

Dan said...

Can I get an invite I have gmail danielfitch

Brian said...

Man, you must regret ever having offered invites :P

Any chance that I could abuse your generosity as well? 'bartiaco' from the gmail com.

pigeon0r said...

hey ted, could i please get an invite? email: pigeonor@gmail.com

thanks a lot....