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Category: Observability

Observability   Instrumentation  

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...

Observability   Best Practices  

What Are Some Useful Things to Look for Right Away When You Get Data into Honeycomb?

Here's what some of our customers had to say about Honeycomb features that they found value in right away....

Observability   Conferences & Meetups  

Top Takeaways from Monitorama 2022

Two of our folks went to Monitorama 2022, and they gleaned a few pearls of wisdom they'd love to share with you, including an unexpected,...

Observability   Featured  

Authors’ Cut—How Observability Differs from Traditional Monitoring

In this webinar based on our O'Reilly book, we go over the difference between observability and monitoring - and when to use which....

Observability   Instrumentation  

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...

Observability   Logging  

Ingesting HTTP Access Logs from AppService

Debugging application performance in Azure AppService is something that’s quite difficult using Azure’s built-in services (like Application Insights). Among some of the issues are visualizations,...

Observability  

Honeycomb Supports Service Ownership

The software industry is moving toward teams that own the services they build. This concept encloses principles and possibilities from movements toward microservices, DevOps, Agile,...

Observability   Featured  

Authors' Cut—Structured Events Are the Basis of Observability

Our Author's Cut series takes a deep dive into our O’Reilly Observability Engineering book. Join us for this session on structured events....

Observability   Featured  

An Observability Guide From Someone with a Precarious Grasp on the Topic

I’m Phillip, a product manager here at Honeycomb. After eleven-ish months of working on our product, I totally understand observability, right? ...Kinda? Sorta? Maybe? I'm...

Observability   Best Practices  

✨ The ✨ Book✨ Is ✨ Done✨

The book is done. The book is FINISHED. There will be no more writing of the book! Holy macaroni. If you think you might be...

Observability   Best Practices  

Observability for New Teams: Part 1

Any significant shift in an organization’s software engineering culture has the potential to feel tectonic, and observability (o11y for short)—or more specifically, Observability Driven Development—is...

Observability  

ICYMI: Achieving Visibility in Your CI/CD Pipeline With Honeycomb + CircleCI

Before continuous integration came to be, setting up builds was no fun because the complexity and overhead involved in a release cycle was compounded by...

Observability   Debugging  

Why Intuitive Debugging Has Stopped Working for You

It’s harder to understand and operate production systems in 2021 than it was in 2001. Why is that? Shouldn’t we have gotten better at this...

Technical Deep Dives   Observability  

How Time Series Databases Work—and Where They Don't

In my previous post, we explored why Honeycomb is implemented as a distributed column store. Just as interesting to consider, though, is why Honeycomb is...

Observability   Featured  

Observability: The 5-Year Retrospective

Two years ago, I wrote a long retrospective of observability for its third anniversary. It includes a history of instrumentation and telemetry, a detailed explanation of the...

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