Is your Rails app under-provisioned?

You maintain a growing Rails application and you’re seeing something peculiar. Sometimes when you use the application, it feels like the performance deteriorates significantly. However, all of your performance data shows no issues – requests in the Rails log file look speedy, CPU utilization is fine, database performance is solid, ... Read more

Monitoring Apache Request Processing Time

With a little help from the excellent Request Log Analyzer gem , created by those smart folks at RailsDoctors , the Apache Log Analyzer plugin now tracks the duration of Apache requests. Upgrading & Install If you already have the Apache Log Analyzer plugin installed, you’ll need to upgrade to ... Read more

Monitoring a Log File

A log file is a lot like a neglected board game covered in dust. I don’t play board games that often, but when I do, I always say “we should do this more often”. The log files we have for Scout collect lots of great information, but we only reference ... Read more

Memcached Monitoring

Jesse Newland of Rails Machine has created a Memcached monitor plugin to track all the key stats from your Memcached instance, including gets/ sets/ hits/ misses/ evictions/ per second, uptime, memory used, KB read per second, KB written per second, and more. Install the Memcached plugin from our directory , ... Read more

Why web developers have more to learn from Wall Street than Steve Jobs

In 2006, the biggest risk-taker on Wall Street looked like John Paulson . This certainly wasn’t based on Paulson’s past behavior. Paulson managed a middle-of-the pack hedge fund. He made careful, boring deals. He rode the bus and liked to ride his bicycle. In other words, he was the anti- ... Read more

MongoDB Slow Queries Monitoring

Thanks to Jacob Harris , we have a MongoDB Slow Queries plugin for Scout. The MongoDB plugin captures the number of slow queries per minute according to the threshold you specify. It also reports details of any slow queries that take place. Of course, like any other Scout plugin, you ... Read more

Scout makes the big screen at Runa

There are lots of things that look great on big, wall-mounted flat screen displays: Halo, Dark Knight, the Super Bowl. How about Scout-generated graphs? Robert Berger , CTO of Runa sent us a picture of their Scout setup. Runa has an LCD screen of Scout graphs positioned above the most-visited ... Read more

When tech startups == closed restaurants

Bootstrapped tech startups are a lot like restaurants started by quality chefs. It’s easy to find restaurants serving award-winning food that fail . There are lots of self-funded startups started by smart developers that either never launch or die a painful death. Writing quality software – just like serving good ... Read more

InfoQ Scout Interview

Robert Bazinet , Community Editor for InfoQ and owner of expens’d recently interviewed my co-founder Andre Lewis . You can find the Q&A below: Scout – Extensible Server and Application Monitoring Andre talks about data security with hosted monitoring, remodeling his bathroom, how Scout fits in with existing tools like ... Read more

Instrument Your Business

Instrument your business. It's like instrumenting your code, but profitable. If you're a developer or a sysadmin, periodic optimization is a fact of life. As more people use your code, you'll see performance issues. Unoptimized use cases bubble up. Systems get strained by continued or heavy use. On the technical ... Read more

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