Sampling   Metrics  

The New Rules of Sampling

One of the most common questions we get at Honeycomb is about how to control costs while still achieving the level of observability needed to...

Software Engineering   Dogfooding  

Anatomy of a Cascading Failure

In Caches Are Good, Except When They Are Bad, we identified four separate problems that combined together to cause a cascading failure in our API...

Tracing   Software Engineering   Dogfooding  

When In Doubt, Add More Spans: A Tale of Tracing and Testing In Production

Recently, Toshok was telling a story about the kind of thing he talks about a lot—improving the performance of some endpoint or page or other....

Software Engineering   Dogfooding  

Incident Review: Caches are Good, Except When They Are Bad

Between Wednesday, April 17th and Friday, April 26th, Honeycomb had four separate periods of downtime affecting the Honeycomb API, resulting in approximately 38 minutes of...

Sampling   Metrics   Events  

Metrics vs Events: A Conversation About Controlling Volume

If I'm used to metrics, how should I think about events in Honeycomb? This question cuts to the heart of how Honeycomb is different from...

Software Engineering   Operations   Dogfooding   Debugging  

A New Bee's First Oncall

I'm Honeycomb's newest engineer, now on my eighth week at Honeycomb. Excitingly, I did my first week of oncall two weeks ago! Almost every engineer...

Tracing   Observability   Dogfooding  

Tracing and Observability for Background Jobs

Illuminating the under-loved with Honeycomb Most modern web apps end up sprouting some subset of tasks that happen in the “background”, i.e., when a user...

News & Announcements  

Observations from SRECon Americas, Brooklyn, NY - March 2019

"We can know one thing: shit's gonna fail." Last week we participated in SRECon Americas, held across three days of intensive learning with practitioner talks,...

Product Updates   Instrumentation   Connectors & Integrations  

Instrument Your Java App In Minutes with the Honeycomb Beeline for Java

We are excited to announce automatic instrumentation for your Java apps through our new Honeycomb Beeline for Java! This new Beeline streamlines instrumentation of HTTP...

Dogfooding  

Support Your Customers More Effectively with Honeycomb

Customer success can be a serious differentiator and competitive advantage for companies today. Everyone wants to ship quality products to their customers faster, and the...

Tracing   Product Updates  

BubbleUp Meets Tracing (and Other Odd-shaped Data)

A few weeks ago, BubbleUp came out of Beta. We've been getting fantastic user feedback on how BubbleUp helps users speed through the Core Analysis...

Software Engineering  

How To Talk to Your Boss About Honeycomb

At Honeycomb, we're pretty engineering-focused. We think our product is something every developer can benefit from, and we're working to build something we would want...

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