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Level Up with Derived Columns: Better Math(s)

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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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Power to the People: Control Your Own Trigger Destiny with Webhooks

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When we release something new, whether it’s a new SDK or Beeline or a new feature in the UI, we’ll often set a Honeycomb Trigger to keep track of its use. Sometimes we don’t necessarily have a customer we know is immediately going to use the feature in question, and we’re interested in when it…
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Level Up with Derived Columns: Taking Things Apart and Putting Things Together

screenshot showing what to click to make a derived column
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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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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Level Up with Derived Columns: Two Neat Tricks That Will Improve Your Observability

screenshot showing what to click to make a derived column
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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How Are Structured Logs Different From Events?

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We’re all collectively trying to define observability (“o11y,” pronounced “olly”) these days, and, as Honeycomb is sometimes described as an event-based observability product, trying to define all the other words that go around o11y at the same time. One of the questions I’ve seen come up several times in different forums recently is around the…
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Because The World Doesn’t Operate in 15 Minute Increments

Have you been struggling to set thresholds for your triggers because data comes in hourly? Or is 15 minutes too long to wait before knowing that one pesky customer is getting rate limited again? Well struggle no longer; variable frequency triggers are here. Whether you just need to check if something happened twice a day…
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Measure your Chef runs with Honeycomb

At Honeycomb, we love Chef! We wanted to know more about what was going on with our Chef runs, and what better tool to use to find out than Honeycomb?
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How Honeycomb Uses Honeycomb, Part 6: Instrumenting a Production Service

This post continues our dogfooding series from How Honeycomb Uses Honeycomb, Part 5: The Correlations Are Not What They Seem. In a recent blog post, I talked about what sorts of things should go into an event. That was a lovely and generic list. This post grounds it in our reality – I’m here to…
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Event Foo: What Should I Add to an Event?

When we’re talking with people about how they should start using Honeycomb, many ask for guidance about what should go into an event. Though there are longer posts on this blog about what it means to be an event, this one is a “short” list of things to consider when you’re building events. What is…
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