Directly monitoring Sidekiq in Redis

Another thing that came up recently: we have many (many) sidekiq queues. Each has their own admin interface, but sometimes you just want all of the information in one place. Of course, you could bookmark all of the pages. Or make a single page with a lot of frames (remember HTML frames?). Or use their API. But where’s the fun in that? Instead, let’s dig straight into the redis backend and see what we can see!

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Automagically storing Python objects in Redis

When you’re starting out on a simple web application, eventually1 you will reach the point where you need to store some form of persistant data. Basically, you have three options2:

  • Store the information in flat files on the file system
  • Store the information in a database (MySQL, SQLite etc)
  • Store the information in a key/value store (mongoDB, reddis)

There are all manner of pros and cons to each, in particular how easy they are to get started in, how well they fit the data you are using, and how well they will scale horizontally (adding more machines rather than bigger ones).

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