Software Developer and Founder Torsten Bühl

I am the founder of Company Signal, Exceptiontrap and Positron – SaaS products with a focus on simple usage and a beautiful & clean user-interface. Learn more about them here. You can also find some articles about software development (especially Ruby related) below.


A quick heroku deployment tip

31 Oct 2013

Deploying your application with heroku is already pretty awesome. You just have to push to heroku's master branch.

# Lets assume you set 'heroku' as origin
git push heroku master

That's not much to type, but could be better. So I decided to create an alias for this.

# remember as heroku push
alias hp='git push heroku master'

Now you just have to type hp. Well, the real goodness comes if you link this with the migration task.

# remember as heroku push migrate
alias hpm='git push heroku master && heroku run rake db:migrate'

Now you have two simple commands hp and hpm to deploy your app, or deploy and migrate. I always use hpm now – with the positive side-effect that I can't forget to migrate the database.

Just add these two lines to your .zsh_rc file.

alias hp='git push heroku master'
alias hpm='git push heroku master && heroku run rake db:migrate'

I also recommend oh my zsh to enhance your ZSH shell. It ships with some nice git (+ other tools) aliases. For example gp for git push, gl for git pull, gst for git status, and so on.