Snakes on a Road Trip: PyCon 2014!

PyCon is always a hotly anticipated event, and this year I’m quite excited to be headed up to Montreal with my coworkers Kristin, Ari, and Dan. Better yet, this is the first conference that we’re attending via road trip! I’ve done the same journey by train before, and we’ll have some nice scenery to look
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Debugging After the Engineers Have Left

We build tools to serve both halves of the coin from which devops takes its name, but we frequently find other uses for those tools across the company. Recently while working late I received a message from an engineer on the sales team looking for some help with a trial he was running. The client
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Free Monitoring on Heroku — TraceView Add-on GA!

Over the past few months we’ve been refining the TraceView add-on for Ruby apps on Heroku and this week we’ve gone general availability.  This brings AppNeta’s full-stack monitoring to Heroku for the first time.  Thanks to everybody who participated in our beta, we appreciate your support and feedback!


“Selenium” Monitoring: Language Abstraction in AppView

Traversing a modern web site programmatically can be a tricky business. Gone are the days of static content, plain HTML forms, and simple web flows where one page transitions directly into the next. In its place is a constantly evolving landscape of rich javascript libraries, client side MVC, websockets, and websites that act progressively more
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The FTC is more responsive than NASA

Last night, the United States Congress managed to avoid a default with a last-minute agreement. But the reboot’s still in progress, and many federal government servers and services remain shut down. The cause of the online blackout is this set of guidelines released by the Office of Management and Budget, and in particular their answer
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AppView Web Global: Now with Free Trial!

Today, we launched an important milestone for AppView Web: free trials for everybody! Monitoring performance has historically been a cumbersome process, including multiple phone calls with sales reps, paperwork trades back and forth, and delays that give any performance problem more than enough time to go away on its own. AppView Web’s unique outside-in perspective
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End-User Monitoring: RUM or Synthetic?

Performance for end-users is the metric by which most businesses judge their web applications’ performance: is the responsiveness of the application an asset or a liability to the business?  Studies show that users are growing more and more demanding, while average pageloads are getting bigger and bigger–more than doubling in weight since 2010.  Combine that
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An Introduction to Client Latency

What is client latency? Let’s face it, users are impatient. They demand a blazingly fast experience and accept no substitutes. Google performed a study in 2010 which proved that when a site responds slowly, visitors spend less time there. Speed as perceived by the end user is driven by multiple factors, including how fast results
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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa … but Which Elf is Slowing Down my Network?

Every year around this time, people start to give thanks.  Either for the things they have, for the people in their lives or for the great gifts.  During the following weeks, there will be mistletoe hanging, carolers caroling and a whole bunch of people shopping online for the best deals.  With all this shopping, there
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What End User Experience Looked Like During the Presidential Election

I think it’s safe to say that everyone knows what happened yesterday – the U.S. Presidential Election. And while we were interested to see who would be named the winner, we were also interested in seeing how the election would affect end user experience of certain popular websites: mittromney.com; barrackobama.com; foxnews.com; nbcnews.com and cnn.com. Our
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