5 hard-earned lessons from a decade of Rails performance work

The last 3,650 days of my professional life have been focused on making Rails apps faster. Below are five lessons I've learned the hard way. 1. Facts alone won't convince the business folk to care about performance The typical pitch to prioritize making an app faster & more reliable goes ... Read more

The 7 Application Performance Metrics You Need to Measure and Why

Understanding what your application performance metrics mean both independently and together is key in effectively using your APM system. Read more

Database Monitoring and Performance

A large part of application performance monitoring relates to keeping an eye on database performance to ensure that our SQL queries are as efficient as possible. Scout features a Database Addon module with this in mind, and in this video we are going to take a closer look at what it has to offer. Read more

Django and the N+1 Queries Problem

The N+1 Queries Problem is a perennial database performance issue. It affects many ORM’s and custom SQL code, and Django’s ORM is not immune either. In this post, we’ll examine what the N+1 Queries Problem looks like in Django, some tools for fixing it, and most importantly some tools for ... Read more

Video: Identifying Memory Bloat and Monitoring Memory Usage

In this video, we are going to take a look at what memory bloat is, and how you can use Scout to eliminate it from your applications. Which transactions are responsible, and what caused it? Read more

How to Start Using Counter Caches in Rails

Learn how to use counter cache in your rails app, parent-child associations, counter cache best practice. Read more

A Complete Guide to Rails Caching

A Complete Guide to Rails Caching. Application performance is always a concern when building in the modern, competitive web and mobile space. At Scout, it’s why we created application performance monitoring tools in the first place. That said, there are steps you can take to build a more ... Read more

Python Profilers

Python performance measurement tools help us to identify performance bottlenecks in our app. This allows us to focus on the business login as opposed to writing custom code, setting it up with our app, and then figuring out whether the results are accurate enough. These tools are well tested by the open source community and used by many companies to measure the performance of their web apps. Read more

Monitor a Laravel app with Scout

Last month we talked about the PHP monitoring landscape in 2019 and announced that Scout APM would soon be available for monitoring your Laravel applications too (as well as your Ruby, Python and Elixir apps of course!). Now that our PHP monitoring agent is ready for beta testing, we thought it would be a good idea to show you folks how easy it is to get started with it and to highlight the main features to the Laravel community. Read more

Benchmarking Ruby Code

One of the joys of using the Ruby language is the many different ways that you can solve the same problem, it’s a very expressive language with a rich set of libraries. But how do we know which is the best, most efficient, use of the language? When we are talking about algorithms which are critical to the performance of your application, understanding the most efficient approach to take is essential. Perhaps you’ve been using Scout to hunt down issues, and now that you have found an issue, you want to optimize it. Ruby’s Benchmark module provides a very handy way for you to compare and contrast possible optimizations, and when used in conjunction with a good APM solution it will ensure that you have all bases covered. Let’s take a look at how you can get started with it today! Read more

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