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Quarterly Product Update: Management API, Query Builder, SLOs, and Metrics

 

Your feedback is what makes Honeycomb better. We ship changes often (you can see updates in real time on our changelog), so it can be easy to miss some of the new improvements that can help you get the most out of Honeycomb.

Whether it’s a big new product feature or an enhancement of existing features, you may not always be up on the latest goodness waiting for you in Honeycomb. These new quarterly product updates in our blog are another way to highlight the latest changes to Honeycomb that you won’t want to miss.

Automate common Honeycomb tasks with the Management API 

Have you always wanted to manage Honeycomb with configuration as code either directly via an API or with third-party tools (like Terraform) using the community-contributed Honeycomb provider? 

Well, now you can! Previously available in beta, the new Honeycomb Management API introduces new management endpoints that provide CRUD operations for columns, derived columns, datasets, query specifications, and named queries. It also enables more capable programmatic configuration for commonly used Honeycomb objects, and includes a few improvements to previously existing configuration endpoints.

Check out this announcement blog for a full more details about what you can now do with the Honeycomb Management API—or, if you’re ready to get started, our API docs have all the information you need. 

Get answers even faster with the new Query Builder

The completely redesigned Query Builder means you can ask questions faster than ever, and slice and dice your data in more ways to also get answers faster. 

You can now build queries in a roomier, dynamic layout that optimizes for viewing relevant clauses of your query and run time comparison queries to visualize how your systems change over two time ranges. The Query Builder also helps you auto-complete field values by showing you data recently sent to the specific column you’re querying.  

Additionally, the new HAVING clause lets you filter down noise and refine the visualizations you need. Check out our Query Builder docs for more information and to get a better feel for what’s new!

Sift, sort, and manage your Service Level Objectives (SLOs) 

We’ve refreshed the SLOs page to improve the user experience with an updated UI and added new functionality to show more information about individual SLOs. You can now more easily sift and sort the right SLOs to the top, either by pinning or sorting by specific categories, like burn status and percentage of error budget remaining.  

Before and after images of the SLO page. 

Additionally, for improved visibility and manageability, the Service Level Indicator (SLI) column now links to the derived column. Finally, you can now pin your SLOs! As your teams scale their SLO usage, users can individually pin specific interesting SLOs to the top of the page. Need more info? Take a look at our SLO docs

Application observability and system metrics, all in one place

ICYMI, we announced that Honeycomb Metrics is in open beta and now available to enterprise customers for a free trial! As our CEO Christine Yen explained in this blog, the promise of observability is that you don’t need to use separate tools with separate data sources and cobble pieces of information together in your brain. The debugging data you need should be in one place, where you can slice and dice it any way you want, quickly ask any questions you need, and get fast answers. 

And that means making room for metrics in ways you’ve told us you need them to work. You don’t want to teleport back to the days of using old busted metrics to solve every problem. You use Honeycomb’s event-based observability to understand how your applications really behave, and you want metrics to supplement that understanding by surfacing system-level concerns. Now, you have the best of both worlds. Try it out and let us know what you think!

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We’re always looking for more ways to improve Honeycomb for you and would love your feedback. Reach out to us at support@honeycomb.io anytime. Or if you’re new to Honeycomb, try it for yourself by signing up for a free account today!