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

The MySQL MyISAM and InnoDB engines and a grocery checkout

There’s no shortage of resources comparing the MyISAM and InnoDB storage engines. You’ll quickly see it isn’t a black-and-white decision after reading through various discussions debating MyISAM and InnoDB. Why is the decision so hard? Setting up your database is one of the first steps when building a web application. ... Read more

First Impressions Count

Scout is making a better first impression than ever starting today. When you start monitoring a new server, you'll immediately get a high-level summary of the vital stats: Scout reports this for you automatically. From there, you choose the deeper metrics you need, like Ruby on Rails monitoring , MySQL ... Read more

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

We’ve been deleting a lot of code from Scout. We’re ripping out major infrastructure, and in doing so, pulling the plug on functionality which, just six months ago, we believed would be crucial to our business. Most importantly, we’re simplifying the most complex, error-prone, and poorly-performing parts of the application. ... Read more

Simplify. Get an order of magnitude speedup.

Have you noticed Scout feels snappier lately? We made some major simplifications that sped things up a lot. Here’s the CPU load on one of our DB servers: ( and yes, we use Scout to monitor itself! ) Even better, the response time for users improved dramatically. Scout’s longest actions ... Read more

In-depth Rails Monitoring using only a production log file

No Rails plugins to install. No performance hit during the request cycle. Nothing to break your application code. Nothing to restart. With just the path to your production Rails log file, Scout's new Rails monitoring plugin alerts you when your Ruby on Rails application is slowing down and provides detailed ... Read more

A weather dashboard

Server Monitoring and weather forecasts have a lot in common – (1) I want to know what’s happening now, (2) what the forecast looks like for the immediate future, and (3) how the long-term is shaping up. I’m really impressed with Matthew Ericson’s Weather Page . It condenses the 3 ... Read more

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