Honeycomb Blog

The Honeycomb Beeline for Go v2 is…Go!

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We’ve seen folks do amazing things using our Honeycomb Beelines–getting their apps instrumented in next-to-no time, expanding their observability, growing their understanding of what is happening in their code in production. Now, prepare to do more with improved tracing support! Some of what’s included with the new version (v0.2.2): Still easy to install and configure…
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Less Clicking, More Doing: How We Think About Your Experience

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We recently shipped an update to navigating inside Honeycomb. Thus far, results have been positive – thank you! We wanted to give you a behind the scenes look at why and how this work came along. It’s easy to develop a certain blindness after working with your own code day-in day-out. Staring at something over…
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Level Up with Derived Columns: Two Neat Tricks That Will Improve Your Observability

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When we released derived columns last year, we already knew they were a powerful way to manipulate and explore data in Honeycomb, but we didn’t realize just how many different ways folks could use them. We use them all the time to improve our perspective when looking at data as we use Honeycomb internally, so we decided…
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See What It’s Like to Have It All (In One Place)

Here at the Hive, we know that there’s nothing like getting your hands on something to see what using it to solve a problem is really like. In July, we launched the Gatekeeper tour, which walks you through the process of solving a real outage we experienced, using Honeycomb. That’s why we’re excited to launch…
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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (and Reusing Their Queries)

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“What was the query that Erica ran last week?” mused Scott as he tapped rhythmically on the desk. “There was this spike, and the table explained what was going on. What was it?” Here at Honeycomb, we spend lots of time thinking about how to help our users be more awesome at unearthing insights from…
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How To Share Your Brain: Collaborate With Boards

As we are fond of saying here at Honeycomb, context is king, and one of our favorite ways to share the context in our brains is with Boards. We recommend using Boards to share query structures you’ve developed for reuse, share visual graphs for ongoing review of systems, share your brain with your colleagues…and your…
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Feel Confident and Bold in this New Summer Look

Welcome to a fresh new Honeycomb navigation 🙂 At the hive, we’ve been working on making navigating your Honeycomb environment simpler and more intuitive, and just deployed some changes that we hope you’ll agree have made progress toward that goal. And now, after weeks of deeply pondering UX questions, I get to do my favourite…
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Announcing Query Descriptions and Query Builder UI Updates

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This week we’re shipping a few changes to our Query Builder interface. While they may appear small, they are the first steps in a larger plan that will help you more easily share your own observations about queries with your teammates, all around Honeycomb. Query descriptions You’ve always been able to name queries, but now…
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Notes on Our First-Ever o11ycon (2018 SF)

It wasn’t until the conference was ending that we learned that everybody thought we were kinda nuts. “Wow. You folks were really … brave? … to let everything hang on the success of open spaces.” “Can’t believe that went so well and was such fun. I never thought you guys would pull it off!” “What…
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Share Context With Collaboration: Suggested Query Boards

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Nobody knows your services/infra better than you, not even Honeycomb. If there’s one maxim for Honeycomb, it’s that context is king. Context determines the questions you can ask. The only way to make complex systems truly tractable is to make all questions possible. Ergo: more context. Context everywhere. Context coming out of the walls. You…
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