Published on October 24, 2022

Monitor when database goes down in your R application

Monitor when database goes down in your R application

Almost every R application requires some data persistence. In a good number of cases, we can go by using a simple JSON, CSV, or even a text file to store our data. However, in most cases, we need a more robust solution that can handle a large amount of data and many requests and allow us to perform complex queries.

This is where databases come in. Databases are a great way to store and retrieve data in a structured form. They are also a great way to perform complex queries and scale our application. However, databases can be a complex topic and can be challenging to set up and maintain.

One of the most common problems with databases is that they can go down and become unavailable for various reasons. As a consequence, our R application will fail to work correctly and will not be able to retrieve or store data.

In such cases, it's essential to monitor your database activity and notify you and your team when something is wrong. This way, you can take immediate action and fix the problem before it becomes a significant issue.

Fortunately, LogSnag is an excellent tool for this problem as it trivializes tracking events in your R application and monitoring database outages. With LogSnag, you can easily track your database outages in real-time and notify you and your entire team when something goes wrong.


Setting up LogSnag

  1. Sign up for a free LogSnag account.
  2. Create your first project from the dashboard.
  3. Head to settings and copy your API token.

R code snippets

Use the following code snippet to track your database outages with LogSnag. Please don't forget to replace the YOUR_API_TOKEN with your API token and update the project and channel names.

Using R with httr
library(httr)

headers = c(
  'Content-Type' = 'application/json',
  'Authorization' = 'Bearer YOUR_API_TOKEN'
)

body = '{
  "project": "my-saas",
  "channel": "status",
  "event": "Database is Down",
  "description": "PostgresSQL is down in Oregon",
  "icon": "🚨",
  "notify": true
}';

res <- VERB("POST", url = "https://api.logsnag.com/v1/log", body = body, add_headers(headers))

cat(content(res, 'text'))
Using R with RCurl
library(RCurl)
headers = c(
  "Content-Type" = "application/json",
  "Authorization" = "Bearer YOUR_API_TOKEN"
)
params = "{
  \"project\": \"my-saas\",
  \"channel\": \"status\",
  \"event\": \"Database is Down\",
  \"description\": \"PostgresSQL is down in Oregon\",
  \"icon\": \"🚨\",
  \"notify\": true
}"
res <- postForm("https://api.logsnag.com/v1/log", .opts=list(postfields = params, httpheader = headers, followlocation = TRUE), style = "httppost")
cat(res)

R integration details

LogSnag is a powerful real-time event tracking tool that works seamlessly with R applications. It provides a number of features such as real-time event tracking, cross-platform push notifications, event filtering, user and product journeys, charts and analytics, and much more.

By being a use-case agnostic event tracking tool, LogSnag allows you to track any event in your R applications in any way you want. You can track your database outages, system status, and even user activity in real-time.

Other use-cases for LogSnag

  1. Monitor your CI/CD build status for your R application
  2. Monitor your CPU usage in your R application
  3. Monitor high disk usage in your R application
  4. Monitor when a user changes their email address in your R application
  5. Monitor failed logins in your R application
  6. Monitor failed payments for your R application
  7. Monitor memory usage in your R application
  8. Monitor MySQL downtime in your R application
  9. Monitor when a new feature is used in your R application
  10. Monitor your Postgres downtime in your R application
  11. Monitor Redis downtime in your R application
  12. Monitor suspicious activity in your R application
  13. Monitor when a user exceeds the usage limit for your R service
  14. Monitor when a user is being rate limited in your R application
  15. Get a notification when your R code is done executing
  16. Send push notifications to your phone or desktop using R
  17. Track canceled subscriptions in your R application
  18. Track your R cron jobs
  19. Track when a file is uploaded to your R application
  20. Track when a form is submitted to your R application
  21. Track payment events via R
  22. Track user sign in events in R
  23. Track user signup events via R
  24. Track waitlist signup events via R
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