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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

MongoSF Was Awesome

Had a great time at the MongoSF conference last week. Meghan Gill, Melia Jones, Max Schireson and the rest of the 10gen team put on a remarkable one-day event for all things Mongo and NoSQL. Some great companies presenting and displaying. MongoHQ, MongoLabs, DotCloud, Cloud Foundry were just a few.

Note: For those in attendance that received a coupon for some additional hours, we're putting the final touches on the coupon code redemption. Apologies for the delays but we've been in the midst of some upgrades to the gem and the service and couldn't get to 4 things at once.

Contact us on the Support channel if you have an questions or would like to redeem the coupon sooner rather than later.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Quintupled Capacity Over the Past Week

Over the past week, we have seen tremendous usage growth on SimpleWorker. Our queues were getting backed up and our poor little workers just couldn't keep up. Well we threw some horsepower at the problem... lots of horsepower, and now we're running smooth again. Sorry for those who had extra long wait times, we're growing and learning how to do things better with each and every day. We plan to keep adding more and more capacity as we go so we can get to the point where large spikes in usage won't affect other users.

Also, we will be introducing a new pricing tier (cheaper) for those who have workers that don't need to be  timely, perfect for massive batch jobs like we were seeing this past week.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Workers + NoSQL

Chad Arimura will be speaking at the MongoSF conference next Tuesday, May 24th. He'll be showing off the combination of SimpleWorker and MongoDB. As databases moves to more elastic and sharded NoSQL solutions like MongoDB, more and more processing moves from the data tier to the application tier. This shift makes background processing queues an even more essential component to the modern web stack.

MongoSF promises to be a great conference. It's one-day event and is extremely affordable. They initially planned for about 300 attendees. Response has been so great over the last month, they expanded it to 700+. Send us a note if you'll be there. Also send us a note if you'd like to be there. We're a sponsor and can provide a coupon code for a discount.

As an added bonus, here's a glimpse of some advertising we've got in the works. You'll be hearing and seeing more about workers this summer. Especially in the company of NoSQL and MongoDB.

UPDATE: We updated several of the worker examples to show the combination of SimpleWorker and MongoDB. Check out the MongoDB worker, the Klout MongoDB worker, and the IndexTank MongoDB worker. They all use MongoHQ, a pretty awesome hosted MongoDB service.

SimpleWorker Examples w/MongoDB

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Shiny New User Interface Now Live

We've completed a major overhaul of the SimpleWorker interface and it is now live. The new interface is reorganized and redesigned for a much better user experience allowing you to manage and monitor your workers/jobs more effectively. Here are some sample screens:

Analytics showing real-time activity (jobs in queue and jobs running) as well as jobs, duration, and errors over time

See high level activity across all your worker classes

View status of each job along with the log and this view also you to cancel queued/running jobs and retry failed jobs

There's a lot more, but this should give you a little taste. There is simply no better way to manage your background jobs than with SimpleWorker.