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Scout vs Skylight: What are the differences?

Scout: Application Monitoring that Developers Love. Scout is application monitoring that points developers right to the source of problems: N+1 database queries, memory bloat, performance trends, and more Scout eliminates much of the investigation part when performance woes occur. ; Skylight: The smart profiler for your Rails apps. Skylight is a smart profiler for your Rails apps that visualizes request performance across all of your servers.

Scout and Skylight can be categorized as "Performance Monitoring" tools.

Some of the features offered by Scout are:

  • Monitors Ruby & Elixir apps with more languages to come
  • Easy install
  • Detailed transaction traces

On the other hand, Skylight provides the following key features:

  • Skylight looks at how your code is behaving in production, alerting you to improvements you can make before they become showstoppers.
  • Skylight tells you exactly how your app is spending its time where it matters most—in your production environment
  • Pricing starts at $20 for the first million requests, with automatic discounts for high-volume customers

"Easy setup" is the top reason why over 9 developers like Scout, while over 10 developers mention "Beautiful UI" as the leading cause for choosing Skylight.

StackShare,, and Firecracker are some of the popular companies that use Skylight, whereas Scout is used by, Rollbar, and Publitas. Skylight has a broader approval, being mentioned in 39 company stacks & 5 developers stacks; compared to Scout, which is listed in 29 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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    Easy setup
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    Custom Scopes
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    GIT Integration
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    Local Developer Tracing
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    Profiles Ruby Memory Usage
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    Heroku Integration
  • 11
    Beautiful UI
  • 8
    Sort by 'agony' - lists low hanging fruit fixes
  • 8
    Made by ember.js and rails core team members
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    Actionable analytics with concrete numbers
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    Free tier
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    Shows you repeat db queries
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    Great for production use
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    Setup in a minute
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    Weekly email w/performance trends
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    Full MVC profile

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      Comparing different timeframes is difficult

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    What is Scout?

    Scout APM helps developers quickly pinpoint & resolve performance issues before the customer ever sees them. Spend less time debugging & more time building with a streamlined interface & tracing logic that ties bottlenecks to source code.

    What is Skylight?

    Skylight is a smart profiler for your Rails apps that visualizes request performance across all of your servers.

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      What are some alternatives to Scout and Skylight?
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      AppDynamics develops application performance management (APM) solutions that deliver problem resolution for highly distributed applications through transaction flow monitoring and deep diagnostics.
      Azure Application Insights
      It is an extensible Application Performance Management service for developers and DevOps professionals. Use it to monitor your live applications. It will automatically detect performance anomalies, and includes powerful analytics tools.
      Ruxit is a all-in-one performance monitoring solution for cloud natives. In under five minutes customizable dashboard views show you your application's performance data.
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