Heroku has a rich add-ons library. Add-ons are like plugins, which provide tools and services for developing, extending, and operating your apps, including data stores, monitoring, logging, analytics, and security. For our Smilecook application, we will use Heroku Postgres from Heroku, which is a reliable and powerful database as a service based on PostgreSQL. The starter tier is free and offers a 10,000-row limit and provides an expected uptime of 99.5%. This is suitable for developing hobby applications.
Exercise 66: Installing Heroku Postgres
In this exercise, we will install Heroku Postgres. It is more convenient to install Postgres from Heroku, compared to installing it from the Postgres official website. We only need to go to the Data Stores category in Heroku add-ons and then select Heroku Postgres directly to install. Heroku provides a backend management interface so that we can see the database status at a glance: