Win a free Scout account at the Red Dirt Ruby Conference website

By Derek Bullet_white Comments Comments

UPDATED 4/29 – We’ve got 5 winners! Answers inline…

The Red Dirt Ruby Conference is hitting all of the things we like about regional Ruby conferences – a capped attendance, emerging technologies important to Ruby developers, great speakers, and plenty of opportunities to hack with other Ruby developers.

We’re sponsoring the conference and giving away five free subscriptions to Scout. But this isn’t a boring random drawing.

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Delicious Chart Goodness

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

Following up on saved charts, we’ve got a few more tasty chart features for you:

Chart up to 15 metrics simultaneously

Want a stacked chart of load across your server cluster? Compare Rails response time across 15 app servers? Now you can—we’ve raised the number of metrics you can put on a chart (it was previously limited to six metrics at a time).

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Three reasons for Resque (and a Scout Plugin)

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Plugins Bullet_white Comments Comments

Jesse Newland has created a Scout Plugin for monitoring Resque, a Redis-backed background processing library. While I’d love to write poetically about the plugin, it’s actually dirt-simple and the meat of the plugin is just 14 lines of code. Just click to install the plugin within Scout and you’re monitoring Resque.

The big question: why Resque? There are already production-proven background processing systems out there for Ruby developers. Jesse and the crew at Rails Machine manage a large number of customers and using different background processing libaries across apps can make things more complicated.

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Saved Charts

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

We heard your feedback. You can now save charts in any configuration, and return to saved charts easier. It’s simple:

What can you use saved charts for? Just a few ideas:

You can create any number of saved charts. This feature is available for all account levels.

As always, let us know if you have feedback or suggestions!


Is your Rails app under-provisioned?

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in HowTo Bullet_white Comments Comments

You maintain a growing Rails application and you’re seeing something peculiar. Sometimes when you use the application, it feels like the performance deteriorates significantly. However, all of your performance data shows no issues – requests in the Rails log file look speedy, CPU utilization is fine, database performance is solid, etc.

At first, you wave it off as a fluke. But then a customer reports the same issue. Now you’re concerned.

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Monitoring Apache Request Processing Time

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Plugins Bullet_white Comments Comments

With a little help from the excellent Request Log Analyzer gem, created by those smart folks at RailsDoctors, the Apache Log Analyzer plugin now tracks the duration of Apache requests.

Upgrading & Install

If you already have the Apache Log Analyzer plugin installed, you’ll need to upgrade to the latest version. Just click the “Update Code” button when viewing the plugin code at to grab the latest.

If you’re new to Scout, signup for our free 30-day trial and simply point-and-click to install the plugin.

Wait! One more thing…

By default, the Apache access log does not contain the request duration. It’s straight-forward process to add duration tracking – follow our help entry.


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