Understanding Linux CPU Load - when should you be worried?

Most people have an inkling of what the load averages mean: the three numbers represent averages over progressively longer periods of time (one, five, and fifteen-minute averages), and that lower numbers are better. Higher numbers represent a problem or an overloaded machine. Read more

Monitoring Apdex with Scout APM

There is no doubt that looking at response times and memory usage is essential to understanding the general health and performance of your application. But as I am sure you are aware, there is more than one way to monitor an application. Approaching monitoring from a different angle can be a powerful way of gaining new insights. If all you did was watch for high response times or areas of memory bloat, then you might overlook something far more simple: the user’s general level of satisfaction. So how can we monitor this rather broad concept of user satisfaction? Well, we can monitor this with a rather useful metric known as the Apdex score... Read more

What’s new in Rails 6?

With the official release of Rails 6 just around the corner, we round up all the major new features coming your way. It is an exciting release due to some big features coming upstream from the Basecamp and GitHub projects. Amongst the many minor updates, useful tweaks and bug fixes, Rails 6 will ship with two completely new frameworks: ActionText and ActionMailbox, and two big scalable-by-default features: parallel testing and multiple database support. So set your Gemfile to get Rails 6.0.0.rc1 and let’s get started! Read more

Unicorn vs. Puma vs. Passenger: which app server is right for you?

The Ruby app server ecosystem has consolidated around three app servers: Unicorn, Puma, and Passenger 5. What specific problems must an app server solve for Ruby? How do you pick the right app server? Read more

Identifying bottlenecks and optimizing performance in a Python codebase

In this post, we will walk through various techniques that can be used to identify the performance bottlenecks in your python codebase and optimize them. Read more

Continuous Deployment Tools

Software development has changed rapidly over the last ten years. Many companies have moved away from the traditional waterfall development model to an agile methodology, and this has meant embracing continuous integration and continuous delivery practices. But how about taking it one step further with continuous deployment? Are you deploying to production automatically, without any human intervention? Some of the major products we rely on everyday are. We take a look at some of the best continuous deployment tools and put them head-to-head. Read more

Making sense of ActiveRecord joins, includes, preload, and eager_load

Like a pair of jumper cables, ActiveRecord's joins , includes , preload , and eager_load methods are incredibly useful, but also very dangerous when used incorrectly. Knowing when and where to use each approach - and even when to combine them - can save you considerable trouble. Read more

Understanding Heroku Error Codes with Scout APM

If you are hosting your application with Heroku, and find yourself faced with an unexplained error in your live system. What would you do next? Perhaps you don’t have a dedicated DevOps team, so where would you start your investigation? With Scout APM of course! We are going to show you how you can use Scout to find out exactly where the problem lies within your application code. We are going to walk through two of the most common Heroku error codes and show you how to diagnose the problem with Scout quickly and efficiently. Read more

How to use Mint, an awesome HTTP library for Elixir - Part 02

In our previous post we looked at how to set up and use Mint to make a simple GET request to fetch the contents of a README file from a Github repository. In this post let us continue building our Awesome Toolbox and add some more functionality. Read more

Prometheus and Docker: Monitoring Your Environment

What Are We Doing Here? Coming back from Monitorama last week, I had a chance to sit back and start playing with some tools to see how they worked. Prometheus is a pretty ubiquitous tool in the monitoring space, is pretty easy to spin up, and most importantly (for this ... Read more

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