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Hello, cleaner navigation header!

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

Our navigation header was packed-full of links (and let’s be honest, looked a little stale). We’ve elected a new, fresher, nav header:

What you need to know

  • We’ve emphasized the primary pieces of Scout (servers, applications, charts, and dashboards). The less-accessed config-related bits are inside a pulldown in the upper right (people, notifications, billing, etc).
  • Hotkeys plus keyboard navigation is the best way to play. Each of the primary areas has an associated pulldown. Reveal each pulldown with a hotkey (the underlined letter in the nav). For example, hit the “s” key to reveal the servers pulldown. Once the pulldown is open, use your up/down keys + enter to navigate.
  • We’ve dropped the recently accessed server tabs. These frequently created confusion: how the initial set of tabs was chosen, how they reacted when a new server was picked that shuffled a previously accessed tab off the list, etc. Using the “s” hotkey is the fastest way to travel to your servers within Scout.

Keyboard Review

The hotkeys for each pulldown (the first letter of each word):

  • s – Servers
  • a – Applications
  • c – Charts
  • d – Dashboards

Once a pulldown is open:

  • up/down arrow keys – navigate through the list of items
  • enter – show the current item
  • esc – close the pulldown

If you see any issues, let us know!

 

Sparklines in your Campfire chat room

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Updates, Examples Bullet_white Comments Comments

Gavin Stark and the Real Digital Media team are Campfire power users. Back in April, Gavin created a Hubot script to send Scout alerts to their chatroom. Now, they needed visuals:

We wanted to grab some of the graphics that Scout’s in-app page offers to users to provide us with visual feedback on historical norms for each metric without leaving the chat room. A call to Scout support got graphics ported into the API in less than a day, and we were off and running.

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His sparkline update hasn’t been merged into the Hubot repo yet, but you can view his fork. UPDATE – Merged!.

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Hello Fort Collins!

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

A month ago my family and I moved from one special city to another: San Francisco to Fort Collins, Colorado. While we’ve only lived here a short time, we couldn’t be happier. You probably know many of the one-of-kind-things about San Francisco. Here’s some of the things that make “The Fort” special:

  • Bikes – Whether you’re cruising around or hammering, Ft. Collins is an amazing experience on two wheels. Almost every street has a bike lane, and for those that don’t, there’s usually a nearby dedicated trail. The city itself is flat – which is perfect for going to the office – but immediately to the west, the foothills of the Rockies beckon with all the scenic road and mountain biking you could ask for.
  • Beer – With 11 breweries, Ft. Collins is the second largest producer of beer in the top-ranked beer producing state (and yes, you can pretty much bike to all of them).
  • Tech – There’s a small (by SF standards) but super-friendly tech community in Ft. Collins. I’m working out of Cohere, an awesome coworking space in the middle of Ft. Collins. Conveniently, the monthly Ruby Meetup meets here. Boulder, home to many startups, is an hour south.
  • Climate – Winter happens here (it’s mild), but summer does too!

When you combine the above bullets, it’s no wonder Ft. Collins consistently ranks among the best places to live in America. If you’re in the area, don’t hesitate to ping me for a visit!

 

Polishing Charts

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

Charts got some updates today:

  • More colors available: previously, charts had just six colors and nine shades of gray available for plotting metrics. The new color scheme uses HTML standard colors, and makes it easier to follow lines on busy charts.
  • Timeframe selection on dashboards: dashboard charts now default to a 5-hour timeframe. You can easily zoom out all charts simultaneously by clicking the new links at the top. This lets you quickly broaden your view to see what’s going on, without having to navigate to a bunch of charts individually.
  • No more iFrames on dashboards: by encapsulating the chart code better, we were able to get rid of iFrames on dashboards. This makes the dashboard page much lighter on memory (a typical dashboard might be 50MB lighter), and also fixes some quirky behavior when you’re resizing a chart.
  • Nice looking URLS: chart URLs are prettier and easier to copy-paste—there are no more encoded characters in the URL.
 

Scout Alerts in Campfire via Hubot

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Examples, Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

Want to get Scout alerts piped into your Campfire room? You can, thanks to Scout user Gavin Stark’s Hubot script for Scout. Gavin describes the advantages for his team at Real Digital Media:

Our support staff can now see the alerts from Scout as a team. We combine this with other monitoring services that monitor ping-ability and web response speeds.

Getting Scout alerts in Campfire means we can discuss them inline and respond quickly. We’ve found the immediacy of Campfire to be an improvement over email.

Want to get your Scout alerts in Campfire? You’ll need a Hubot.

Need to set up a Hubot?

Hubot is a program that listens in on your chat room. He responds to commands and can provide notifications. Your Hubot needs to run someplace. Most people set him up on Heroku, since it’s A) really simple; B) free!

  1. follow these instructions to deploy Hubot to Heroku.
  2. once your Hubot has joined your Campfire room and responds to commands (try: hubot help), continue below to configure Scout to talk to your Hubot.

Already Got a Friendly Hubot?

Two easy steps:

  1. add the Hubot Script for Scout into your Hubot’s /scripts directory.
  2. in your Scout account, click on “Notifications,” then set the webhooks URL to http://YOUR_HUBOT_URL/hubot/scoutapp/CAMPFIRE_ROOM_NUMBER

That’s it! Try creating a Scout trigger that fires immediately to test it out.

Thanks again to Scout user Gavin Stark for writing the Hubot script, and to Hubot maintainer Tom Bell for the quick merge.

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Say Hello to JavaScript Charts

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features, Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

JavaScript charts are here, they look great, and they work on your iPad!

Scout’s basic chart functionality has remained the same, with a few enhancements:

  1. Most importantly, the charts no longer require Flash. This means you can view the charts on your iPad or modern Flash-free browser.
  2. Charts now show values in a tooltip as you mouse over them (the image above shows an example). This solves a long-standing problem with the old charts, where the legend became unreadable with many metrics.
  3. The charts feel snappier!

JavaScript charts have been a popular request on the Scout Uservoice page, and we’re pleased to release them. As always, any feedback, let us know.

A Note on dashboards with the new tooltip: in some cases the tooltip can overflow from the smallest charts on dashboards. If you encounter this issue, just enlarge your dashboard chart a bit to make room for the tooltip.

 

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