OpenTelemetry  

Send a Test Span Through an OpenTelemetry Collector

The scenario: you want to see distributed traces, maybe for your web app. You’ve set up an OpenTelemetry collector to receive OTLP traces in JSON...

Featured   Product Updates  

Honeycomb Play: Test Drive Honeycomb Without Signup or Setup

Honeycomb Play is an interactive sandbox that lets users explore Honeycomb’s data-enriched UI through a guided scenario. The hands-on experience takes a deep dive into...

Featured   Observability  

Authors' Cut—Not-So-Distant Early Warning: Making the Move to Observability-Driven Development

Observability is about understanding systems, which means more than just production. Moving from logs to tracing and showing causality can be done locally, as well....

Software Engineering   Teams & Collaboration  

An Engineer’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

If you let all the power drift over to the engineering managers, pretty soon it doesn’t look so great to be an engineer. Now you...

Ask Miss O11y   Observability  

Ask Miss O11y: What Should An "Observability Team" Do?

People use “observability team” as a catchall basket for all kinds of things these days—from cutting-edge tech to truly heinous hacks. Eh, it is what...

Connectors & Integrations   Tutorials  

Tracking Core Web Vitals with Honeycomb and Vercel

Google’s Core Web Vitals (CWV) are used to rank the performance of mobile sites or pages. It’s easy to see when your CWV scores are...

Culture   Software Engineering  

Engineers New to Honeycomb, What Did You First Notice About How We Do Things Here?

We’ve wondered, in the past, what new engineers think about how we do things at Honeycomb. This time, we asked! Meet Elliott and Reid, two...

Observability   OpenTelemetry  

Adding Code Tags to Your OpenTelemetry Spans

One of the reasons that OpenTelemetry is great at doing this is that a lot of the common attributes you may find on a span...

Best Practices   Software Engineering  

“Why Are My Tests So Slow?” A List of Likely Suspects, Anti-Patterns, and Unresolved Personal Trauma

If you get CI/CD right, a lot of other critical functions, behaviors, and intuitions align to be comfortably successful and correct with minimal effort. If...

Ask Miss O11y   Instrumentation  

Ask Miss O11y: My Manager Won't Let Me Spend Any Time Instrumenting My Code

In the same way as the business is likely ok with you writing developer-based tests (unit, automation, integration), instrumentation is the same. The conversation we...

Customer Stories   Featured  

Building a Resilient System: Our Journey to Observability at Intercom

At Intercom, we focus on customer experience above all—our service’s availability and performance is our top priority. That requires a strong culture of observability across...

Debugging   Featured  

Authors' Cut—Debugging with the Core Analysis Loop, and What to Build vs Buy

In this blog, we’ll dive into debugging with the Core Analysis Loop, the functional requirements for a backend datastore that make this possible, and whether...

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