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Category: Instrumentation

Ask Miss O11y   Instrumentation  

Ask Miss O11y: How Can I Convince My Organization to Invest in Instrumenting for Observability?

"Dear Miss O11y, I’ve been following Honeycomb for a long time, and I understand where the insights from observability fit in. But larger orgs haven’t...

Ask Miss O11y   Instrumentation  

Ask Miss O11y: My Manager Won't Let Me Spend Any Time Instrumenting My Code

In the same way as the business is likely ok with you writing developer-based tests (unit, automation, integration), instrumentation is the same. The conversation we...

Instrumentation   Observability  

Datasets, Traces, and Spans—Oh My!

By giving an overview into datasets, traces, and spans, you’ll get a peek behind the curtain into how Honeycomb facilitates observability in the hopes of...

Instrumentation   Observability  

Webinar Recap: How to Avoid Being On Call With Under-Instrumented Tools

"It's expensive. It's difficult. Our APM works just fine." The three myths of observability can lead to being on call with under-instrumented tools. That's exactly...

Instrumentation   Tutorials  

Quickly Turn ALB/ELB Status Codes into an Issue-Seeking Heatmap

More often than not, as developers, when we get a report that a large customer is hitting 500 errors, there's a flurry of activity. What's...

Ask Miss O11y   Instrumentation  

Ask Miss O11y: When should you delete instrumentation? 

When do you delete instrumentation? You delete instrumentation when you delete code. Other than that, if you’re doing things right: almost never. One of the...

Instrumentation  

New Honeycomb Whitepaper on Frontend Observability

Big news: I can finally stop pointing anyone who asks about Honeycomb’s story for frontend observability to Emily’s blog post from 2017 on “Instrumenting Page...

Instrumentation  

Honeycomb OpenTelemetry Distro for Java reaches 1.0 release

Today, the Honeycomb OpenTelemetry Distribution for Java reaches a major milestone with a 1.0 release. This is the first Honeycomb OTel Distro to come out...

Instrumentation   Tracing  

startSpan vs. startActiveSpan

TL;DR: startSpan is easier and measures a duration. Use it if your work won’t create any subspans. startActiveSpan requires that you pass a callback for...

Instrumentation  

OpenTelemetry (OTel) Is Key to Avoiding Vendor Lock-in

The promise of OpenTelemetry is that it can help you avoid vendor lock-in by allowing you to instrument your applications once, then send that data...

Instrumentation   Tracing  

Ask Miss O11y: Observability Without Manual Tracing

I think my biggest question is: How do I introduce observability without manually weaving tracing-related code throughout my codebase since that adds a lot of...

Instrumentation   Technical Deep Dives  

What Is Auto-Instrumentation?

In the past, we’ve written about what instrumentation is and the insights it provides. Instrumenting your code generates telemetry that shows you how your system...

Ask Miss O11y   Databases   Instrumentation  

Ask Miss O11y: How Can I Add o11y to Databases?

How do we bring observability to the DB world? In the SQL Server world, you can marry up perfmon and extended event traces but is...

Ask Miss O11y   Instrumentation  

Ask Miss O11y, Holiday Edition

Hey Miss O11y, what’s your favorite thing about Christmas? Ooh, good question! My favorite thing about this part of the year is that work slows...

Instrumentation  

OpenTelemetry Browser Instrumentation

One of the most common questions we get at Honeycomb is “What insights can you get in the browser?” Browser-based code has become orders of...

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