Production Server Sysadmin Essentials

~ or ~ Sysadmin Eye for the Dev Guy Developers! You can churn out a Rails or Sinatra app in no time. What about putting it out there in production? Occasionally forget the syntax for crontab or logrotate? Yeah, me too. That's why I wrote up a few essential notes ... Read more

3 competitive advantages of developer-run businesses

Older baseball players typically have plenty of power and discipline but are slow runners with lower batting averages. It’s kind of obvious: as we get older, we get bigger and more patient, but we also get slower. This characteristic even has a name, described as (you guessed it): old player ... Read more

What makes a great developer?

James Gray, lead developer of the Scout Agent, takes a stab at the eternal question “What makes a great developer?” in the latest RailsCoach Podcast Episode . Besides talking about Scout’s blended open-source approach to monitoring, James also talks about The Pomodoro Technique (a time management process), his time at ... Read more

Rackspace & Scout Webinar - Monitoring in the Cloud

A couple of months back when we announced our partnership with the Rackspace Cloud I mentioned that 1 of 5 hosts monitored by Scout is in the cloud. Monitoring in a cloud environment brings some unique challenges. On Thursday, January 21st at 1pm Central I’ll be leading a webinar with ... Read more

Production Rails Tuning with Passenger: PassengerMaxProcesses

Say your Rails application is running in production and it’s getting good traffic, but performance isn’t as good you would like. You’ve already determined that your database is not the bottleneck. What’s your next move? Well, there is a good chance that Passenger’s PassengerMaxPoolSize needs to be adjusted. Read more

Partnership with Rackspace Cloud Computing

In less than two months, we’ve seen strong adoption of Scout’s simple cloud monitoring functionality . 1 of every 5 hosts monitored by Scout is in the cloud . With more movement to the cloud, we’re happy to announce a new partnership with Rackspace Cloud Computing . Rackspace has an ... Read more

Process Memory Usage: Troubleshooting with Scout

Scout customer Eric Lindvall wrote up a nice piece on finding and fixing memory leaks in god -- specifically, when issuing "god load" on long-running god processes. Give it a read, it provides good insight into the troubleshooting process and the tools he used. Eric points to the Scout graphs ... Read more

Running a freemium web app? Here's a big reason we're growing.

Before Scout , my experience developing software was primarily consulting. Success was measured by delivering software on time and on budget. With Scout, a subscription-based service, my focus isn’t on scheduling. We are self-funded and we didn’t have the luxury of a venture-backed startup. We’re focused on figuring out which ... Read more

Rails + Google Analytics = easy goal tracking

Google Analytics is an indispensable tool as you optimize the business side of your operation. If you haven't already set up goals in Analytics for viewing your pricing information, accessing the sign-up form, and signing up for an account -- go do it! It's vital information. However, Google Analytics' goals ... Read more

Part II: We Just Undid Three Months of Dev work. Here's What We Learned.

Two weeks ago I covered some of the business lessons learned from a large (~3 months) investment in new features, and the hard decision to roll them back. I discussed how you will underestimate the ongoing cost of complexity in your product , and how cool new capabilities don’t sell ... Read more

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