Honeycomb Blog

o11ycon: A Conference For The Observability Community

Hey friends, We recently announced o11ycon, and the response has been terrific! Especially since we haven’t really even told you all what we’re planning. 🙂 First things first: o11y means observability. (Yes, abbreviations are annoying, but YOU try typing ‘observability’ twenty times a day with character limits. And o11y just sounds so cute!) o11ycon will…
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Instrument Your Ruby App In Minutes with the Honeycomb Beeline for Ruby

there has to be a better way! fake infomercial gif
You’ve always been able to get observability for your Ruby apps by instrumenting them with our SDK, affectionately known as libhoney, but we know 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…
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Instrument Your Go App In Minutes with the Honeycomb Beeline for Go

Want magical per-request instrumentation to roll effortlessly out of your Go app without even looking like you’re trying? Meet the Honeycomb Beeline for Go! Beelines automatically construct and emit useful events for common components of your application, such as HTTP handlers and SQL connections. You can now instrument these components in just a few lines of code, and…
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Observability into Bare Metal Provisioning with RackN

This guest blog post is from Rob Hirschfeld, Co-founder and CEO at RackN.   At RackN, a core design principle is that operations should be easy to track and troubleshoot. We work hard to automate provisioning with observable processes because insight into complex interactions within a modern data center is critical for success. So, it’s not…
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The fastest, most direct route to instrumented code: a Honeycomb Beeline

If you’re feeling too busy or overwhelmed to instrument your code, we are here for you. We’ve talked many times about the value of instrumentation, and how it’s necessary to instrument your code properly to have access to the kind of data you need to get real observability. Instrumenting your code can mean a lot…
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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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Get Observability for Your Mobile Apps with Honeycomb

a cellphone shaped like a bee :)
If you think about it, mobile apps are among the production services most in need of real observability: nearly countless hardware platforms and operating systems in combination with your app’s code result in a dizzying matrix of possible sources for any given issue, which means you need the power of true high-cardinality search to solve…
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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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Observability Video Grab Bag!

Today we have a grab-bag of observability-themed videos for you–take your pick, or watch all of them–we won’t judge 🙂 Honeycomb Tech Talks are finally being recorded! Many folks have asked, and we’re finally able to record the kickass talks at our meetups. Here are the videos from our most recent “Observability beyond systems” event…
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Observability: A Manifesto

Everybody and their freaking grandpa is now claiming to do observability, not stodgy old monitoring. Fine, great. Nice to be trendy I guess. But are they? What’s the difference? You all know how I define observability: the power to ask new questions of your system, without having to ship new code or gather new data…
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