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Pros and Cons of Deploying Rails Applications Natively vs Containerized in 2024

This blog post aims to dissect the various deployment options available for Rails applications in 2024, emphasizing the choice between native and containerized approaches. It dives into the advantages and drawbacks of each method and explores the hosting options available for each. Let’s dive right in!

Five Tools for Profiling Rails Apps

A Rails profiler is a tool used to analyze the performance of your Ruby on Rails application. It helps identify bottlenecks, memory leaks, and other performance issues, allowing you to optimize your code and improve overall web application speed. Profilers are essential in ensuring your web application runs smoothly and delivers a better user experience.

Monitoring Rails applications with Datadog

Rails is a Ruby framework for developing web applications. It favors the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture and includes generators that create the files needed for each MVC component. Rails applications consist of a database, an application server for running application code, and a web server for processing requests. Rails provides multiple integrations for its supporting database (e.g., MySQL and PostgreSQL) and web server (e.g., Apache and NGINX).

Monitoring Ruby on Rails with InfluxDB

Time series databases like InfluxDB are databases that specialize in handling time series data, which is data that is indexed by time. Unlike traditional databases, time series databases are optimized for reading and writing data with less performance consideration for updating or deleting data. Due to the time-dependent nature of time series data, time series databases are handy for application monitoring.

Adding Super Fast Frontend Search in Rails with Lunr

This is the first part of a multi-part post focusing (mostly) on front end search and Command Palettes. If you are not familiar with Command Palettes, they are a power-user's dream: a universal overlay on your webpage that's triggered with a key shortcut (usually Command + K) and allows your users not only to search the content but also perform actions on your website. The goal here is to "keep the user's hands on the keyboard" (and away from the mouse), when using your application.

Next Level Ruby on Rails Application Monitoring with AppSignal

In the first of this two-part series, we covered how to set up AppSignal in a Ruby on Rails application for many great insights out of the box. AppSignal can automatically track errors, monitor performance, and report metrics about some dependencies. But, in many cases, each of our applications behaves in different ways, so we'll want more than just generic monitoring. In this post, we will run through adding custom instrumentation and monitoring to a Ruby on Rails application.