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Category: Observability

Debugging   Dogfooding   Instrumentation   Observability   Software Engineering  

How Honeycomb Uses Honeycomb, Part 4: Check Before You Change

This post continues our dogfooding series from How Honeycomb Uses Honeycomb, Part 3: End-to-end Failures. As Honeycomb matures, we try to roll out changes as...

Observability   Software Engineering  

ES7 await/async and superagent

TL;DR await/async are awesome, and you should use them instead of callbacks wherever you can (which is everywhere.) Async functions for ECMAScript is a stage...

Logging   Monitoring   Observability  

Lies My Parents Told Me (About Logs)

Lots of us still believe some pretty silly things about logs. Most of these things used to be true! Some of them never really were....

Connectors & Integrations   Debugging   Observability   Product Updates  

Tell me more, nginx

When the cool kids talk about interesting log data, no one seems to want to talk about nginx. Web servers are the workhorses of the...

Monitoring   Observability  

Is Honeycomb a monitoring tool?

You may notice that we don’t talk about “monitoring” much, and that’s because we don’t really think of monitoring as what we do, even though...

Debugging   Dogfooding   Observability   Operations  

How Honeycomb Uses Honeycomb, Part 3: End-to-End Failures

At Honeycomb, one of our foremost concerns (in our product as well as our customers’) is reliability. To that end, we have end-to-end (e2e) checks...

Metrics   Observability  

The Problem with Pre-aggregated Metrics: Part 3, the "metrics"

This is the third of three posts focusing on the limitations of pre-aggregated metrics. The first one explained how, by pre-aggregating, you’re tightly constrained when...

Metrics   Observability  

The Problem with Pre-aggregated Metrics: Part 2, the "aggregated"

This is the second of three posts focusing on the limitations of pre-aggregated metrics. The first one explained how, by pre-aggregating, your flexibility is tightly...

Metrics   Observability  

The Problem with Pre-aggregated Metrics: Part 1, the "Pre"

This is the first of three posts focusing on the limitations of pre-aggregated metrics, each corresponding to one of the “pre”, “aggregated”, and “metrics” parts...

Observability  

Honeycomb FAQ in 140 Chars: Getting Started

Welcome! This will be a semi-regular series, where we answer frequently asked questions in short, digestible bites. Or if you prefer long philosophical essays about...

Observability  

Honeycomb and the Five Whys: Summary Post

Anchor post at the top of this week’s long series of “vision” posts, so everything doesn’t just appear backwards. :) This week we set forth...

Observability  

Part 5/5: Building Badass Engineers and Badass Teams

No matter how much we love technology, it is always a means to an end. The mission comes first – we don’t do tech for...

Observability   Operations   Software Engineering  

Part 4/5: Everyone is a DBA

DBAs may be the last remaining priesthood in our industry. But software engineers and operations engineers are increasingly finding themselves responsible for precious company data,...

Observability   Software Engineering  

Part 2/5: Dear Software Engineers

Observability is not a thing for operations or some other team to care about. Software engineers, you are increasingly the primary owners of your own...

Observability  

Part 1/5: Asking Better Questions

Any mature production system is likely to have hundreds of thousands if not millions of metrics, most of which never get looked at by a...

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