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Tuesday, March 30, 2010


So this is a little silly, but I needed a simple method for "pinging" a web app to see if it was up and running. And since for work, this one $client has a whole hell of a lot of apps to monitor, I didn't want to have to script for a bazillion different ways to access these apps. So what is my alternative?

How about role for the root controllers? And so Catalyst::TraitFor::Controller::Ping was born.

That is my solution. And it takes a couple of different configuration options if you want to do a little more than just spit back an HTTP 200. Give a model name and a method name, and it will attempt to gather that model and execute the method name. If it is successful (meaning, it doesn't cause an exception), then you still get back a 200. Otherwise, the status will be 500 and you get the catalyst error page.

I'll talk about the other end next week, but basically I am writing a daemon that takes advantage of this ping role to check statuses, and logs them in a database. And you want access to that information? Well, the third piece is a little Web::Simple magic to write a web service that spits out some JSON. Ideally, I'd like to make POE::Component::Server::PSGI much more resource conservative, and have the daemon+webservice all one thingy, so we will see.

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