Find Traps

What are the building blocks of a monitoring tool? We check the status of a thing. That might be pinging or checking an endpoint for some pattern. Based on that status, we might want to push a deep link to a device for our shell app, run a webhook from a site, or send an email. Those are the responses to a state of a thing. We typically call them alerts.

We want to commit those checks and logs into a database and sync that. We also might, if we can, check the object for known vulnerabilities. The following 8 projects lay out frameworks to be able to do much of this - they just aren't glued together into a SaaS offering. Lego blocks without the instructions to build a castle can be more inspiring than the castle itself. This page offers up a window into the source code for a few projects that can be used to check a status, trigger an event, send an alert, etc.

Yet some just want the dang castle... So stay tuned for more!


Swift Quiver 

The Add Device Wizard


Scan Known Vulnerabilities

Google Cloud Webhooks

Sample Microservices

Display Push

Show links sent via APNs

Go Mailer

Microservice to send emails


Check Nest Device Status


Arbitrary REST calls


Sync a DynamoDB

Next Steps

The main piece of this is the Swift Quiver itself. To read more information on that check out This is a shell to list things and provide a wizard to add more things. The example code involves using a simple ping (icmp) to check that an IP address is available. 

Some devices don't respond to a ping. Maybe they're not on the same network, or maybe they have sockets that have been configured not to respond to icmp requests. Most of those will talk to a web back-end somewhere. One of these is the Google Nest devices. For these, check out For others, check out - and keep in mind that with a little regex, it's easy to commit the json from the REST calls in that project to a database to run them on a timed interval. That could be a database as a service, like what Amazon offers with dynamo. Given that most people might have multiple devices, we can then keep that in sync with something like We can even enrich that information with stuff like vulnerability tracking, with sample code for the Mac at

Now we have a database with the state of devices and even a little enriched data. The main types of events to trigger would include:

Ultimately, there are better projects out there (maybe even exposed as Swift packages) that can be used. This is an example of one way to build a custom monitoring tool. But just as you can buy individual Lego pieces or even 3d print your own custom pieces - anything is really possible. Monitoring has long been a custom task. Pinging is an effective way to see the network state of a device, but in a modern home or office, there could be dozens of devices that don't respond to a ping properly. Then we might have a few different ways we want to be alerted about a device that isn't reachable for a given period of time, up to but maybe not including a psychic scream. To get to that magical place shouldn't require us to be programmers. For example, maybe we can put a probe on a device in a home that talks to a web service. Or an appliance. Or whatever you can imagine.