Software Engineering  

What Happens to DevOps when the Kubernetes Adrenaline Rush Ends?

Kubernetes has been around for nearly 10 years now. In the past five years, we’ve seen a drastic increase in adoption by engineering teams of...

Teams & Collaboration   Best Practices  

A Vicious Cycle: Data Hidden Behind Lock and Key

Understanding production has historically been reserved for software developers and engineers. After all, those folks are the ones building, maintaining, and fixing everything they deliver...

Observability   LLMs  

So We Shipped an AI Product. Did it Work?

Like many companies, earlier this year we saw an opportunity with LLMs and quickly (but thoughtfully) started building a capability. About a month later, we...

Software Engineering  

What Is a Feature Flag? Best Practices and Use Cases

Do you want to build software faster and release it more often without the risks of negatively impacting your user experience? Imagine a world where...

Software Engineering   OpenTelemetry  

Rescue Struggling Pods from Scratch

Containers are an amazing technology. They provide huge benefits and create useful constraints for distributing software. Golang-based software doesn’t need a container in the same...

Observability   LLMs  

LLMs Demand Observability-Driven Development

Many software engineers are encountering LLMs for the very first time, while many ML engineers are being exposed directly to production systems for the very...

Software Engineering  

Experiments in Daily Work

In high school chemistry and then college physics labs, we learned a strong definition of "experiment." Experiments are tied to the Scientific Method, responsible for...

Product Updates  

One-Click Insights with Board Templates

Whether you’re a new Honeycomb user or a seasoned expert looking to uncover fresh insights, chances are you’ve sent tremendous amounts of data into Honeycomb...

OpenTelemetry  

OpenTelemetry Gotchas: Phantom Spans

At work, we use OpenTelemetry extensively to trace execution of our Haskell codebase. We struggled for several months with a mysterious tracing issue in our...

OpenTelemetry  

Deploying the OpenTelemetry Collector to Kubernetes with Helm

The OpenTelemetry Collector is a useful application to have in your stack. However, deploying it has always felt a little time consuming: working out how...

Incident Response  

Incident Review: What Comes Up Must First Go Down

On July 25th, 2023, we experienced a total Honeycomb outage. It impacted all user-facing components from 1:40 p.m. UTC to 2:48 p.m. UTC, during which...

Sampling  

​​Calculating Sampling’s Impact on SLOs and More

What do mall food courts and Honeycomb have in common? We both love sampling! Not only do we recommend it to many of our customers,...

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