I'm not a ShamWow salesman and other lessons from our first conference

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I despise sales pitches, but you wouldn’t know it if you were the first person to visit our Scout exhibit booth. After introducing myself, I delved into a 5 minute whirl-wind tour of Scout 2.0, trying to show every possible feature that might help him monitor his Rails stack.

He watched, mostly quiet.

As he walked away, I felt a little dirty, a little QVC-like. I hoped my career wasn’t heading down the path of another famous pitchman.

We exhibited Scout at our first conference, Golden Gate Ruby Conference, run with Scandinavian precision and held, not ironically, at the Swedish American Hall. I started a little awkward telling the Scout story, but things really smoothed out quickly. 8 lessons from our first conference:

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Scout 2.0 Behind the Scenes on the Ruby on Rails Podcast

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We sat down with Geoffrey Grosenbach of the Ruby on Rails Podcast to chat about the heavy lifting we’re doing behind the scenes for the big ‘ol Scout refresh.

What plan of attack did we choose for building a daemon? What are some of our new approaches for data visualization? New features?

When does this vapor-ware become software?

Listen to the show.


Updates to memcached, nginx monitoring

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Colin Surprenant did some quality GitHub forking today, enhancing the monitoring for memcached and nginx.

The memcached stats plugin reports the following data:
  • Current connections
  • Current data MB
  • Evictions
  • Get count
  • Get hits
  • Get misses
  • Max data MB
  • Set count
  • Total items
...and alerts you if the plugin can’t connect to memcached.

The ngix status plugin reports the following data:
  • Reading
  • Requests
  • Requests per/second
  • Total
  • Waiting
  • Writing

Thanks to Mike Mangino and Luc Castera for their original work on the memcached and ngix plugins, respectively.

Scout Install Urls:

And just how did Colin, Mike, and Luc magically add this functionality to Scout? It’s easy – see our guide.


See Scout's big changes at Golden Gate Ruby Conference and RailsConf

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It’s been almost a year since we launched Scout, and over the past couple of months, we’ve been working on a big new release. We’ll be showing off Scout’s new features at the Golden Gate Ruby Conference on April 17th and 18th and at RailsConf on May 4th-7th.

Hope to see you in our booth!


Hardware Upgrade - Downtime 3pm-3:30pm

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A quick note that we are continuing our hardware upgrades, and we’ll have downtime from 3pm-3:30pm PST today, February 12.


Scout reviewed in French

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If French suites you better than English (or you just like imagining yourself coding in a Paris coffee shop), Raphaël Emourgeon has penned a review of Scout in French.

Raphaël sums up Scout nicely:

Après avoir installé un gem et ajouté une tâche cron sur le serveur à surveiller, tout se fait à distance via le site Internet de Scoutapp. Il suffit de quelques clics pour installer un plugin sur une machine et commencer la surveillance. Les plugins font toute l’originalité du système puisqu’un plugin est un script Ruby qui peut faire tous les traitements imaginables et qui utilise ensuite l’API (très simple) de Scoutapp pour renvoyer des résultats.

P.S. If you’re like me and struggle with French, here’s Google’s attempt at the translation


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