Honeycomb Blog

There And Back Again: A Honeycomb Tracing Story

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In our previous post about Honeycomb Tracing, we used tracing to better understand Honeycomb’s own query path. When doing this kind of investigation, you typically have to go back and forth, zooming out and back in again, between your analytics tool and your tracing tool, often losing context in the process. To avoid this annoying and…
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Use New Range Markers to Show The Duration of a State Change

In our world of distributed systems, state changes to your infrastructure often take some time to propagate. With a few exceptions (for example, feature flags), single point in time changes are rare. Deploys, outages, database migrations, failovers, stress tests; none of these things are instantaneous – all have some duration during which the system is…
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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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Build and Run a Honeycomb Query right from your URL bar with Query Template Links

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Whenever you run a Honeycomb query, you’re directed to the permalink for the results. Returning to this URL always supplies the same data without re-running the query, which is important when sharing links to make sure that everybody is looking at the same thing. However, there may be cases where you want a link not…
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Add Custom Markers from the Query UI

When it comes to observing systems, it helps to have tools that quickly and efficiently allow you to highlight events, anomalies, or simply changes to the code base. Enter Markers. Markers have long been a feature of Honeycomb’s platform: honeymarker, our lightweight-CRUD command line interface for managing your Markers, currently lets you generate Markers or create…
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Instrument Your Rails Apps Automatically With Honeycomb’s New Rails Integration

You’ve always been able to get observability for your Ruby apps by instrumenting them with our SDK, affectionately known as libhoney. Unfortunately, instrumenting code you’ve already written is nobody’s favourite job. If only there were some way to automate the repetitive parts, so you could get instant insight into what your app is doing in…
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New Capacity Management and Dataset Allocation Overview

At last, the days of having to contact us to get a Dataset rebalanced are over–you can now see and manage the entirety of your Honeycomb data across all Datasets you own! From the Team Settings page, Team Owners have access to the Usage page, which shows your overall data size, and how it’s allocated…
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Announcing the Honeycomb Examples Repository

Learn By Example Honeycomb is next generation DevOps observability and debugging. It’s incredibly flexible and there’s a lot to learn, so getting started sending data can seem overwhelming. We’re toiling like good worker bees to make the path clearer, and one of the best approaches is near and dear to my heart – teaching by…
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New Dataset Details and Schema Page Updates in Honeycomb

Happy Tuesday! We’ve got some Honeycomb improvements to share that I hope will make your day sweeter. Isn’t that soothing? Feel free to take a moment and remember to breathe. OK. Ready for some good news? See Dataset details and descriptions right from the Query Page If you’ve been querying your datasets in the last…
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