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The First Annual StatusGator Status Page Awards

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StatusGator monitors 411 different status pages, amassing a mountain of data about each. From when they are down and for how long, to what they post, to which pages people monitor the most and everything in between. Using that data, we are proud to present the first of an annual reflection on the past year. The First Annual StatusGator Status Page Awards seeks to applaud (and perhaps gently...

Improve Heroku Geolocation Performance with the Geolite2 Buildpack

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Recently, we began using IP geolocation within StatusGator to learn where are users are located. We are happy to say that it’s working out well.  We hoped to use these insights to tune our marketing. To that end, we added the Ahoy gem to help collect information related to how our advertising campaigns are going.  The Ahoy gem  also uses the geolocation gem to lookup IP addresses.  This...

Dump Google Analytics and use Ahoy to track your Rails app traffic

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StatusGator is built on Ruby on Rails, a popular choice for rapid web application development for more than a decade. One of the many benefits of Rails is its rich ecosystem of open source gems which can provide massive value quickly. We discovered one such gem, Ahoy, on our recent quest to understand how our users find out about StatusGator. StatusGator gets about 3,000 visitors and 20 sign ups...

Break the cycle of write, atrophy, rewrite with consistent software maintenance

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In custom software, the cycle of write, atrophy, rewrite is all too common. Many product owners too reluctant to embrace maintenance and sustaining engineering. A vicious cycle of expensive rewrites ensues. Businesses feel bruised by developers and experience unhealthy surges in cost and business disruption. Think hard before deciding to throw away what you have in pursuit of the greenfield:...

Location, Location, Location.

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StatusGator has a few thousand users.  Recently I grew curious as to where you all are. Surely it would be interesting to learn a little about where they are from.  The results are pretty interesting. I’m pleased to report StatusGator helps users in 85 different countries! The top ten are: USA – 1,061 UK – 207 Canada – 115 India – 72 Australia – 70 Germany...

7 key insights for improving engineering team performance

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Code Climate, the purveyors of software services that help engineering teams become more efficient and productive, recently held their second annual Code Climate Summit. In the opening keynote, Bryan Helmkamp, CodeClimate CEO, outlined 7 conclusions he’s made about how to improve the efficiency of software development teams, using data gathered from hundreds of users of their...

Do OKRs work for a two-person company?

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What are OKRs? The goal setting process called “OKRs” or Objectives and Key Results is currently quite popular across the startup and Silicon Valley corporate world. Google uses Objectives and Key Results to maintain goals across its organization. An entire industry of software tools has sprung up to support the process.  Large organizations use OKRs to create top level goals that...

Pyramid of software developer job satisfaction

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Over the past 20 years, I’ve had the privilege to work on scores, if not hundreds, of software projects. Between consulting work and full time jobs, I’ve been able to help bring to fruition the ideas and goals of many partners, clients, and employers.  But what I’ve come to realize over my career is that no matter how novel, how challenging, or even how lucrative a project is...

A holding company for side projects

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For as long as I can remember, I have loved building businesses. Ideas have always come naturally to me, and over the years I have honed my skills at actually making those ideas a reality.  I recall one of my first businesses at about 12 or 13 years old, designing nicer looking versions of property data sheets for real estate agents to give out to prospective buyers. My most recent profitable...

Hardening against future S3 outages

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Introduction On February 28, 2017, Amazon S3 in the us-east-1 region suffered an outage for several hours, impacting huge swaths of the internet. StatusGator was impacted, though I was able to mitigate some of the more serious effects pretty quickly and StatusGator remained up and running, reporting status page changes through the event. Since StatusGator is a destination for people when the...

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