"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."

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Allotment is a performance time recording gem. It makes recording performance simple, while still being powerful and flexible.

Allotment gives you the ability to record the performance of code with ease, and all the while it will store all your results as your code runs. Results can be acessed at any time from anywhere. Recordings are grouped together under their name and an average of the results can be caluculated easily. No threads where harmed in the making of this gem, no threads are used, and this makes Allotment lightweight and simple.


Allotment also plays well with cucumber.

A before and after hook records each scenarios completion time.

See Cucumber


  • Allotment cannot run two simultaneous recordings of the same name at the same time.
  • Allotment has only one set of results and cannot record to diferent results. (e.g. performance and load)


Allotment has been tested with Ruby 1.9.2 and later. To install:

gem install allotment

Using Allotment with Cucumber

If you are using Cucumber you can record each scenario. Add this line into your env.rb file:

require 'allotment/cucumber'

Using Allotment

Require Allotment at the start of your code

require 'allotment'

Recording a Block

Recording a block of code could not be simpler.

Allotment.record('my_recording') { # code here }
Allotment.record('my_recording') do
  # code here

When an event has been completed the performance timing is returned by the method.

performance = Allotment.record { # code here }
performance = Allotment.record do
  # code here

Record point to point

Sometime you may want to record performance of more than just a block. Allotment can do that too.

Allotment.start 'my_recording'
# code here
Allotment.stop 'my_recording'

When stop is called the performance timing is returned by the method.

performance = Allotment.stop 'my_recording'

When start recording is called the timing stopwatch is returned by the method.

stopwatch = Allotment.start 'my_recording'

More on stopwatches

Warning! If a recording name does not exists, then a NameError is raised.


Allotment has two inbuilt hooks, on_start, and on_stop. Each hook contains a single proc that is called at points within recordings.

The on_start hook is called before the timer is started. The on_stop hook is called after the timer is stopped.

A hook can be redefined at any time. To define a hook call the hook and pass in a proc.

Allotment.on_start { # Extra code here }
Allotment.on_start do
  # Extra code here

Accessing performance results

Allotment stores all the performance recordings as and when they happen. If multiple recording of the same event exist they are stored in an array. Allotment also patches Array with an average function.

hash = Allotment.results
array = Allotment.results["my_recording"]
result = Allotment.results["my_recording"].first
result = Allotment.results["my_recording"].average

Allotment Stopwatches

Stopwatches are what Allotment uses to keep track of time. Strangely enough they act just like a stopwatch.

Basic usage

Stopwatches live inside the Allotment module. When created, a stopwatch is not running, however the start method returns the stopwatch, and so can be called inline.

sw = Allotment::Stopwatch.new
sw = Allotment::Stopwatch.new.start

When stopping a stopwatch, the time that is currently on the stopwatch is returned

time = sw.stop

Reset will wipe all times clean, and completely reset the time. Reset can be called at any time.


Advanced usage

A stopwatch has the ability to lap, spit, and view the current time. Each method behaves in a slightly different way.

  • Lap is the time elapsed from the last time a lap was called.
  • Split is the time from the last time the stopwatch was started.
  • Time is the total time from when the stopwatch was first started.

When the stop watch is run and the methods are called.

      30 seconds
      start                    end
Lap   |---10---|---10---|---10---|
Split |---10---|---20---|---30---|
Time  |---10---|---20---|---30---|

When the stopwatch is stopped and the methods are called.

      30 seconds with 10 second stop
Lap   |---10---|        |---10---|
Split |---10---|        |---10---|
Time  |---10---|        |---20---|


Stopwatches use ruby Time to calculate the time between a start and a stop. Allotment rspec tests need to be improved upon.