This Week's Data Processing Lag

This week at Skylight HQ (technically it’s in the Cloud™️ somewhere), we were hit with a pretty big surge of requests on our collector (Cyber Monday perhaps?). Fortunately our backend is architected to handle a very large volume of data from the agents with minimal latency, so this kind… »

The Slackathon

Last week, the Tilde crew dove into our first Hackathon. It was a really great opportunity to play with unfamiliar technologies and an overall good time. The Hackathon was a single-day, company-wide event (Peter even flew from sunny California to join us at the Portland office). We created a Slack… »

Deploy Tracking is Here

Skylight’s new deploy tracking feature allows you to zero in on performance improvements or regressions caused by a deployment. Now, each of your deployments will be marked on the Response Timeline, allowing you to answer the following questions: Did this deployment make my app any faster? Use the Time… »

Skylight Agent 1.4 Released

We're pleased to announce the release of version 1.4 of the Skylight agent today. This release has a number of improvements and some exciting new features! Read on to learn more, or skip to the good stuff and update your Gemfile. Rack Middleware Instrumentation The most significant new feature… »

Helix: One Year Later

This post is a write-up of the talk we gave at RailsConf 2017. You can find the slides here. Last year at RailsConf, we introduced the Helix project, a SDK for writing native Ruby extensions in Rust. There are a lot of benefits and use cases for this, but since… »

Introducing... Grades! 💯

Our new Grades feature gives you perspective on the performance of your endpoints, relative to other Skylight apps, so you can focus on meeting your customers' expectations. Working on performance is always a tradeoff. The truth is, you can always invest more resources in improving your app's performance. While you… »