If you're an Iron.io user, you’ve probably noticed improvements in our HUD over the last few months. We’ve gotten great input from customers on what they wanted to see and we took that to heart. We also released some new features like push queues and needed a way to bring them out within the dashboard.
Here’s a rundown of some of the things we’ve added to the HUD. We're confident users will find them useful in helping them manage their queues.
IronMQ - Messages vs Queue Size
For most applications, messages are the lifeblood of a working system. Seeing how your app is handling messages over time is critical. This view now gives you a key snapshot to stay on top of your system’s performance.
|Messages vs Queue Size|
IronMQ - Messages vs API Requests
With queues with less polling or that use push queues, the ratio of messages to requests may be more tightly aligned. (Note that even with frequent polling, the requests won’t come even close to the amount we provide free so you should poll away if you need to stay on top of inbound messages.)
|Messages vs API Requests|
IronMQ - Push Queue Control
You can control push queues via the API but you can also do so now via the HUD. Want to adjust the retry limit or the delay between retries, or add an endpoint for message to hit? Not a problem. Just pull up the queue and adjust it in the HUD.
|Push Queue Control|
The great thing about cloud-based services is that they’re always on. You get immediate service just by accessing an API. By giving new users an ability to use IronMQ from a text box in the HUD makes it that much easier to see how the service works and allow them to get up and running that much more quickly.
|IronMQ Get Started (cURL Sandbox)|
You’ll notice other improvements as well, small touches that we hope make Iron.io easier to use or give you better insight into what’s happening in your cloud application.
An example is on the Projects page. We added an activity level indicator to help you find active projects more easily. The bars indicate the relative activity over the last several days.
|Project Activity (Project page)|
We’ve also been spending time on improving outbound reports by providing better views into daily, weekly and monthly usage, for example. Here's a list you can select. Keep an eye out for event more monitoring and alert capabilities.
Team IronHUDThe main drivers behind the changes are Alexander Shapiotko and Andy Burkovetsky.
We’re always working on improving your view into what’s happening with your message queues, task processing, and data caching. You’ll continue to see improvements in the HUD and in the reports we send out.
If you have any special requests – something that will make our services better or easier to use – please let us know. Same thing if something's wonky with the interface. Send us a note via our support channel or check in at our public chat room. We love getting input.