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Honeycomb Tracing Drives Efficiencies as carwow Scales

About carwow connects auto dealers and buyers in a transparent marketplace, creating better buyer experiences and incremental sales for dealers. Environment Heroku Rails Microservices-lite, one app per region, multiple apps per country Kafka Goals As carwow’s successful online car review and selling business expanded into larger markets in new regions, their engineering team needed deep,…
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Collaboration with OpenCensus: A new way to get traces into Honeycomb

Okay, the cat was out of the bag when the PR merged — Regardless, we’re happy to announce the existence of the Honeycomb Exporter for OpenCensus! OpenCensus, a Google-lead open source project, is a single distribution of libraries to provide instrumentation and collection of metrics and tracing—and in the future, event—data for your services. OpenCensus…
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Tracing Summaries: Go Deep Without Getting Lost

Mean Girls meme "stop trying to make Fetch happen"
I love traces. There’s something really great feeling about letting yourself spiral into the depths of a chunk of code, and see just how it breaks down. Even better, with Honeycomb, you can jump back and forth from a query to a trace to another query. (We wrote about this just a few weeks ago.)…
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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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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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