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Level Up with Derived Columns: Better Math(s)

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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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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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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Level Up With Derived Columns: Bucketing Events For Comparison

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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…
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Level Up With Derived Columns: Understanding Screen Size (With Basic Arithmetic)

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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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Level Up With Derived Columns: Basic Comparisons

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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…
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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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Diving into Kubernetes clusters with Honeycomb

At Honeycomb, we’re excited about Kubernetes. In fact, we’re in the early stages of moving some of our services to k8s. Tools like kops have made getting started with k8s easier than ever. But building clusters is only the beginning – before long you might find yourself with a large number of deployments, pods, and…
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The New Best Engineer

If you make a habit of reading twitter or the writings of various thought lords and ladies of the internet, you’ve probably heard a lot of advice on what software engineers should do, like: Software engineers should deploy their own code! Software engineers must know how to operate their own services! EVERYBODY is in ops…
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The New Stack Writes up Charity’s Monkigras Talk on the Sustainability of On-Call Culture

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you’ll remember that we published a related post about the sustainability of oncall culture a couple of weeks ago, but this writeup from The New Stack of the talk Charity gave at Monkigras in London this year is worth a read as well–giving a talk and writing…
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