Say hey at Merb Day

Merb Day Atlanta – a “one-day, one-track conference for Ruby and Rails developers looking to learn Merb” – is this Saturday and Scout’s extremely proud to be one of its sponsors. Our own Charles Brian Quinn and Matt Todd will be there, taking in the sights, and Matt will also ... Read more

A simple Rails performance tuning workflow

I really like Dan Mange’s workflow for Rails performance tuning : Use curl for benchmarking. It’s good enough (and damn simple). Use the ruby-prof gem along with an optional request parameter so you can profile any action, any time. Dan also does a solid job explaining CPU time and what ... Read more

Scout Checks in on Passenger

The number one requested plugin for Scout has been a Phusion Passenger monitor. I’m happy to report that is now available. Using the new Passenger Monitor plugin , Scout can keep track of Passenger’s VM size, process count, and the amount of private memory it has squirreled away. Aside from ... Read more

Rails Consultancy Elevated Rails: "using Scout has been a real joy"

Ensuring 15 Rails apps are running smoothly can be a real chore, especially when they have core pieces that fall outside the typical monitoring stack. Mike Mangino of Chicago-based Elevated Rails recently wrote about consolidating his Rails monitoring efforts using Scout : This simple interface to reporting and alerting is ... Read more

4 Simple Steps to Detect & Fix Slow Rails Requests

We’ve seen lots of people waste time tracing the Rails stack for performance issues when the cause is usually quite simpler – look at the obvious places first before digging through the Rails stack. Read more

Monitor MySQL queries with Scout

Robin Ward of Forumwarz has released a MySQL slow queries plugin for Scout that does exactly what you’d expect: sends an alert when a slow query is run. Derek Laptop"/> The alert contains the full query along with the query time: Alert"/> Note that you’ll need to enable slow query ... Read more

Meet our team at RailsConf

Charles, myself (Derek), and Andre are boarding a plan soon for RailsConf in Portland. If you want to do a little coding, chat about monitoring, etc. look for us there! Read more

Giving your web host access to your Scout account

A couple of times already, we’ve seen users give their web host access to their Scout account. It’s a big help when debugging problems – especially things that a basic monitoring tool might not pick up (like slow web requests ). Click the ‘People’ link in the header: Select the ... Read more

How we handle background jobs

We run background jobs on our Scout servers. Lots of them. As we’ve grown, they’ve used dramatically more resources. We needed a way to simmer them down. Most of these jobs load the entire Rails environment – that’s a hefty overhead. We’ve modified how we run background jobs and we’re ... Read more

Recording Historical Data in Scout

By default, when you create a report in Scout , we assume that the data corresponds to the time the report was submitted. Sometimes this isn’t the case – for example, you can retrieve the number of subscribers to your RSS feeds in Feedburner , but not from the current ... Read more

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