Neil Middleton

I'm an engineer at Heroku based in the UK and the author of 'Heroku, Up & Running' for O'Reilly.

I'm a massive fan of keeping things simple, straight-forward and bullshit free.

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2014 - moving forwards

I'm not normally one for writing articles about things such as new years, but I figured I'd do something this year just to be a bit different. These aren't necessarily resolutions or any other such bollocks, but more of a series of self-promises that I've decided to make to myself over the winter...

Heroku - Up and Running

Finally, after 18 months, “Heroku - Up and Running” is available from O'Reilly . Now - this isn't a thick book. This book is an introduction designed to get you up and running, as the title suggests. Over the years, I've bought many many tech books, and I am pretty sure that to this day I still...

We need more conferences aimed at beginners

Over the last month I've had the privilege of attending two very different events. The first was BaRuCo in Barcelona, Spain, and the second was RailsGirls London . These two different events were poles apart. One was hosting hundreds of Ruby developers from all backgrounds. The content was wide...

Saving money with Heroku Scheduler

Use Delayed Job with your Ruby application? Use it only for sending the occasional email, or other non time-critical jobs? Have it sitting idle most of the time? These days, it's pretty much given that if you want to send emails from your ruby based application that you look at something like Delayed...

Introducing attr_secure

Whilst working on some internal apps at Heroku I came across the need for storing sensitive data in a secure way within a simple Rails application. We have a wide abundance of apps within Heroku, but very few that have to store sensitive information. Therefore, I was looking for a dead simple way...