Festive Graphite Line Art for the Masses

You have an installation of Graphite, a desire to learn more Ruby, and some festive spirit – what emerges?

An xmas tree drawn using proper metrics via the Ruby graphite gem, of course!

Xmas tree plotted using Graphite

The magic happens with the Graphite::Logger class, because we can log metrics at specific points in time:

logger.log(when,{"Branches1" => 3})

I calculated the points to plot on paper, and found decent Graphite rendering settings by experimentation:

Planning the Graphite Xmas tree

The code is on Github here: https://github.com/matthewskelton/GraphiteGreetings – fork away!

require 'Graphite'
require 'Logger'
# Change these as needed for your environment
server = "my.graphite.server.url"
log = Logger.new(STDOUT)
prefix = "Test.Me.XmasTree."
# Create the logger to send stats to Graphite with specific timings
logger = Graphite::Logger.new(server,log)
# Define the offsets
# Use Now as a starting point,
# or set a specific time e.g. Time.utc(2012,12,22,19,10,30)
# We need a 20-minute window to plot
t = Time.now
t0 = Time.at(t.to_i - (20 * 60)) # 20 mins ago
t1 = Time.at(t0.to_i + (60 * 1)) # Left base of tree
t2 = Time.at(t0.to_i + (60 * 3)) # Lower tinsel2
# etc.
# Inject the stats - the order is determined by the default Graphite colours
logger.log(t21,{prefix + "Tinsel1" => 3})
logger.log(t18,{prefix + "Tinsel1" => 6})
# etc.
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I’d love to hear or see any suggestions for improvements to the script. Candles? Snowflakes? Reindeer?! Also, as my Ruby-fu is limited, if there are better ways of interacting with Graphite, I’d love the hear about them (I tried and failed to get activesupport to work on my machine, for example).