Honeycomb Blog

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 Honeycomb Uses Honeycomb, Part 9: Tracing The Query Path

This post continues our long-running dogfooding series from How Honeycomb Uses Honeycomb Part 8: A Bee’s Life. To understand how Honeycomb uses Honeycomb at a high level, check out our dogfooding blog posts first — they do a great job of telling the story of problems we’ve solved with Honeycomb. Last week we announced the general availability of…
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Get deeper insights with Honeycomb Tracing

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We’re excited to introduce Honeycomb Tracing! Now, you can both: Visualize individual traces to deeply understand request execution, and Break down, filter, and aggregate trace data to uncover patterns, find outliers, and understand historical trends. Tracing makes it easier to understand control flow within a distributed system. Waterfall diagrams concisely capture the execution history of…
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Honeycomb goes Serverless: Send your app data without running agents

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Serverless apps are growing in popularity, thanks to tools like AWS API Gateway and Lambda, and a growing number of powerful frameworks that simplify development and deployment. Complex applications are still complex, however, and regardless of your platform you’ll still need to think about observability. Today, we’re excited to announce our Agentless Integrations for AWS.…
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Honeycombers at Influx Days (a late-ish report)

I finally got a chance to sit down and watch Emily and Christine’s talks from last November’s InfluxDays and right off the bat I have to apologize for not doing this sooner, because I certainly learned some stuff worth sharing! If you haven’t gotten to these yet, you should check them out: WHAT YOUR JAVASCRIPT…
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Troubleshooting in Honeycomb: Choose Your Own Adventure

When debugging, there’s often not a single right answer or path to follow. More often than not, two teammates will find themselves producing two different sets of Honeycomb queries, following different routes, yet still arriving at the same conclusion. With real, full-stack observability, you don’t have to walk the same path as everyone else to…
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Bitten by a Kafka Bug – Postmortem

Dearest honeycombers, Yesterday, on Tuesday, Oct 17th, we experienced a partial service outage for some customers, and a small amount of data was dropped during ingestion (not any previously stored data). In terms of impact, 33% of users actively sending data during the incident window experienced partial loss of writes between 6:03 AM and 10:45…
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Nylas Makes Their API buzz with Honeycomb

At Honeycomb, we <3 Nylas, so we were super pleased to come across this short talk by Evan Morikawa (aka @e0m on Twitter): Evan does a great job of explaining the goals Nylas set for speeding up their API, and breaks the process they went through down into easy-to-understand steps, including a quick demo of…
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Observability: What’s in a Name?

“Is observability just monitoring with another name?” “Observability: we changed the word because developers don’t like monitoring.” There’s been a lot of hilarious snark about this lately. Which is great, who doesn’t love A+ snark? Figured I’d take the time to answer, at least once. Yes, in practice, the tools and practices for monitoring vs…
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Our First Outage

Dear honeycomb users, On Saturday, Aug 19th, we experienced a service outage for all customers. This was our first-ever outage, even though we’ve had users in production for almost exactly one year, and paying customers for about 6 months. We’re pretty proud of that, but also overdue for an outage. We take production reliability very…
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