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Tracing   Software Engineering   Instrumentation  

OpenTelemetry vs OpenTracing | Understanding OpenCensus and Related Terms

There’s been a fair bit of buzz lately about OpenTelemetry, which is the next major version of the OpenTracing and OpenCensus projects. The leadership of...

Software Engineering   Product Updates   Dogfooding  

Working Toward Service Level Objectives (SLOs), Part 1

In theory, Honeycomb is always up. Our servers run without hiccups, our user interface loads rapidly and is highly responsive, and our query engine is...

Software Engineering   Operations   Instrumentation   Debugging  

Working On Hitting a Release Cadence? CI/CD Observability Can Help You Get There

We recently sponsored our partner CloudBees' conference DevOps World & JenkinsWorld in San Francisco and our message “Observe how Customers Experience Your Build” resonated well...

Software Engineering   Observability   Logging  

The Path from Unstructured Logs to Observability

Are you starting out on your journey toward observability? Do you have a mandate from management, or are you a lone warrior in the matrix?...

Software Engineering   Operations   Dogfooding  

Never Alone On Call

Does your organization have an on-call rotation? Several members of the Honeycomb engineering team recently hosted a live webcast about why they never feel alone...

Software Engineering   Guests   Debugging  

Taming A Game-Changer: Honeycomb and GraphQL at VendHQ

This guest post is from Evan Shaw, Lead Engineer at vendhq.com. GraphQL: a game-changer GraphQL is a query language for APIs. It allows you to...

Software Engineering   Observability  

Velocity (& Reliability) - Two must-haves for every software engineering team

(Field notes from O’Reilly’s Velocity 2019 Show, San Jose.) It was steamy hot in San Jose during O’Reilly’s Velocity show and the normally frigid AC...

Software Engineering   Instrumentation  

Making Instrumentation Extensible

Observability-driven development requires both rich query capabilities and sufficient instrumentation in order to capture the nuances of developers' intention and useful dimensions of cardinality. When...

Software Engineering   Operations   Observability  

Toward a Maturity Model for Observability

Access to observability is becoming critical to organizations shipping software, running modern infrastructures in production, and to understanding how users are experiencing their service. To...

Software Engineering   Sampling   Instrumentation  

Dynamic Sampling by Example

Last week, Rachel published a guide describing the advantages of dynamic sampling. In it, we discussed varying sample rates to achieve a target collection rate...

Software Engineering   Dogfooding  

Anatomy of a Cascading Failure

In Caches Are Good, Except When They Are Bad, we identified four separate problems that combined together to cause a cascading failure in our API...

Tracing   Software Engineering   Dogfooding  

When In Doubt, Add More Spans: A Tale of Tracing and Testing In Production

Recently, Toshok was telling a story about the kind of thing he talks about a lot—improving the performance of some endpoint or page or other....

Software Engineering   Dogfooding  

Incident Review: Caches are Good, Except When They Are Bad

Between Wednesday, April 17th and Friday, April 26th, Honeycomb had four separate periods of downtime affecting the Honeycomb API, resulting in approximately 38 minutes of...

Software Engineering   Operations   Dogfooding   Debugging  

A New Bee's First Oncall

I'm Honeycomb's newest engineer, now on my eighth week at Honeycomb. Excitingly, I did my first week of oncall two weeks ago! Almost every engineer...

Software Engineering  

How To Talk to Your Boss About Honeycomb

At Honeycomb, we're pretty engineering-focused. We think our product is something every developer can benefit from, and we're working to build something we would want...

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