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Posts by Shelby Spees

Observability  

6 Steps to Getting Started With Observability

During my office hours, I frequently get asked for practical tips on getting started with observability. Often it’s from folks on teams who are already...

HoneyBytes   Sampling  

HoneyByte: Test Out Refinery Yourself!

This HoneyByte walks through how to get Refinery running locally to try out different configuration options and sampling methods....

Culture  

2020: The Year Bee-hind Us

Developer Advocate Shelby Spees bookends 2020 with appreciation for her team and the community....

Customer Stories   Instrumentation  

A User Journey: Setting Up the Node Beeline on Lambda

Nic Wise at Tend Health recently wrote a series of blog posts exploring how they moved away from logs and metrics, toward adopting observability with...

Observability   Software Engineering  

Observability 101: Terminology and Concepts

This post is to help orient folks who want to learn more about observability but maybe feel overwhelmed by the vocabulary list. The goal is...

Connectors & Integrations   Dogfooding   Instrumentation  

Interview with Honeycomb Engineer Chris Toshok: Dogfooding OpenTelemetry

We often get questions about the difference between using our Beeline SDKs compared with other integrations, especially OpenTelemetry (abbreviated "OTel"). That’s why the team decided...

Connectors & Integrations   Instrumentation   Observability   Tutorials  

Get on the Right Track with Our Rails Integration!

Whether you’re starting a new Rails project and want to build observability in from the start, or you’re investing in better observability for your existing...

Events   HoneyBytes   Sampling  

HoneyByte: Get a Taste for Sampling

Honeycomb's event-based pricing model is pretty simple: we only care about how many events you send. For teams running workloads at scale, the question becomes:...

Product Updates   Tracing  

Unpacking Events: All the Better to Observe

At Honeycomb, we believe events are the building blocks for observability. What exactly is an event? What does that mean for your team’s observability journey?...

HoneyBytes   Instrumentation   Observability  

HoneyByte: Incremental Instrumentation Beyond the Beeline

"It turns out," said Liz, "it was not a giant pile of work to start adding those rich instrumentation spans as you need them." Liz...

Customer Stories   HoneyBytes   Observability  

HoneyByte: Make a Beeline Toward Observability Just Like DEV’s Molly Struve

“When things broke,” Molly explained, “you’re mad scrambling—jumping from website to website to website, trying to put the pieces together.” Molly was able to use...

Observability  

Right at Home in My New Role

(Get it? Because I’m working from home...) Hi, I’m Shelby 👋 I’m a new Developer Advocate at Honeycomb. The New Normal What a strange time...