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Category: Software Engineering

Teams & Collaboration   Software Engineering  

An Engineer’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

If you let all the power drift over to the engineering managers, pretty soon it doesn’t look so great to be an engineer. Now you...

Software Engineering   Culture  

Engineers New to Honeycomb, What Did You First Notice About How We Do Things Here?

We’ve wondered, in the past, what new engineers think about how we do things at Honeycomb. This time, we asked! Meet Elliott and Reid, two...

Software Engineering   Best Practices  

“Why Are My Tests So Slow?” A List of Likely Suspects, Anti-Patterns, and Unresolved Personal Trauma

If you get CI/CD right, a lot of other critical functions, behaviors, and intuitions align to be comfortably successful and correct with minimal effort. If...

Software Engineering   Service Level Objectives  

Exploring AWS Costs Beyond the Service Level

This post will talk about using a derived column to directly connect individual customer experiences to the cost of providing that service with AWS Lambda....

Software Engineering   Connectors & Integrations  

The power of asking questions

This is a guest post by Vlad Ionescu. Vlad Ionescu jokingly describes himself as a "Professional mistake avoider" which is a better way of saying...

Software Engineering  

On the Brittleness of Dashboards

Dashboards are one of the most basic and popular tools software engineers use to operate their systems. In this post, I'll make the argument that...

Software Engineering  

How We Define SRE Work

At the time of writing this post, I have officially been at Honeycomb for one year as a site reliability engineer (SRE). I had shared...

Software Engineering   Operations   Incident Response   Debugging  

Incident Report: The Missing Trigger Notification Emails

On November 18, between 00:50 and 00:56 UTC, an update was deployed that improved Honeycomb’s business intelligence (BI) telemetry available from our production operations environment....

Software Engineering   Debugging  

Incident Resolution: Do You Remember, the Twenty Fires of September?

From September to early October, Honeycomb declared five public incidents. Internally, the whole month was part of a broader operational burden, where over 20 different...

Software Engineering   Debugging  

Game Launches Should Be Exciting for Your Players, Not for Your LiveOps Team

This blog was co-authored by Amy Davis.  The moment of launching something new at a game studio (titles, experiences, features, subscriptions) is a blockbuster moment...

Software Engineering  

Lessons Learned From the Migration to Confluent Kafka

Over the last few months, Honeycomb’s platform team migrated to a new iteration of our ingest pipeline for customer events. Our migration to this newer...

Software Engineering   Operations  

The Future of Developer Careers

While JavaScript frameworks come and go, a change has been brewing over the last several years that will permanently change what it means to be...

Software Engineering   Operations  

Incident Review: Meta-Review, August 2020

Every once in a while, teams or systems hit an inflection point where enough things change at once and the pattern of incidents shifts. We...

Software Engineering   Observability   Customer Stories  

Bees Working Together: How ecobee’s Engineers Adopted Honeycomb

At ecobee, adopting Honeycomb started as a grassroots effort. Engineers signed up for the free tier and quickly started sharing insights with teammates. When it...

Software Engineering   Observability  

Observability: 80% Practicing in the Next 2 Years

Observability is more than tooling. Of course having the right tools in place so you can ask arbitrary questions about your environment, without having to...

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