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Category: Observability

Observability   Debugging  

Bitten by a Kafka Bug - Postmortem

Dearest honeycombers, Yesterday, on Tuesday, Oct 17th, we experienced a partial service outage for some customers, and a small amount of data was dropped during...

Observability   Logging   Instrumentation   Events  

You Could Have Invented Structured Logging

Sometimes we hear from folks who are a little bit intimidated by the notion of structured logging. Some common issues: There’s no approachable library for...

Observability   Instrumentation   Dogfooding  

How Honeycomb Uses Honeycomb, Part 6: Instrumenting a Production Service

This post continues our dogfooding series from How Honeycomb Uses Honeycomb, Part 5: The Correlations Are Not What They Seem. In a recent blog post,...

Observability   Connectors & Integrations  

Istio, Envoy, and Honeycomb

Here at the hive, we’re exceedingly excited about the emerging future of the “service mesh.” After deploying a sidecar proxy such as Envoy, a service...

Product Updates   Observability   Connectors & Integrations  

Using the Golang Pprof Web UI to Debug Memory Usage

Golang as an Observability Tool Go, for good reason, has become an incredibly popular language for everything from web applications to DevOps tools. We lean...

Observability   Monitoring   Debugging  

Observability: What's in a Name?

“Is observability just monitoring with another name?” “Observability: we changed the word because developers don’t like monitoring.” There’s been a lot of hilarious snark about...

Observability   Events  

Event Foo: What Should I Add to an Event?

When we’re talking with people about how they should start using Honeycomb, many ask for guidance about what should go into an event. Though there...

Software Engineering   Observability   Instrumentation   Events  

Event Foo: Building Better Events

This post from new Honeycomber Rachel Perkins is the seventh in our series on the how, why, and what of events. An event is a...

Product Updates   Observability  

Introducing the New Honeycomb Quick Start

Today we are pleased to announce the release of the new Honeycomb Quick Start to help you in your quest to become an observability master....

Observability   Events  

Event Foo: Moar Context Better Events

This guest post from Mark McBride of Turbine Labs is the fifth in our series on the how, why, and what of events. As a...

Observability   Events  

Event Foo: Designing for Results

This guest post from Matt Klein of Lyft is the fourth in our series on the how, why, and what of events. Event based tracing,...

Observability   Events  

Event Foo: Constructing a Coherent Narrative

This guest post from Colin Curtin of Good Eggs is the third in our series on the how, why, and what of events. On Event...

Software Engineering   Observability   Logging  

Build Observable Systems

What should you log? When your systems break, it’s great to be able to look at what they were doing just before they broke. A...

Observability   Events   Debugging  

Event Foo: A Series of Unfortunate/Incredible Events

Good technical intuition is one of the things that defines a good senior engineer. And unpacking that intuition is the most valuable teaching tool. By...

Software Engineering   Observability   Instrumentation   Dogfooding   Debugging  

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...

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