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Category: Tracing

Ask Miss O11y   Tracing  

Ask Miss O11y: Not Your Aunt’s Tracing

Dear Miss O11y, How is modern observability using tracing, such as Honeycomb, different from the previous distributed tracing software I'm familiar with, like Dapper, at...

Ask Miss O11y   Tracing  

Ask Miss O11y: Baggage in OTel

Miss O11y is delighted to welcome our newest band member: Martin Thwaites! Martin has been a member of the Honeycomb user community practically since its...

Instrumentation   Tracing  

startSpan vs. startActiveSpan

TL;DR: startSpan is easier and measures a duration. Use it if your work won’t create any subspans. startActiveSpan requires that you pass a callback for...

Instrumentation   Tracing  

Ask Miss O11y: Observability Without Manual Tracing

I think my biggest question is: How do I introduce observability without manually weaving tracing-related code throughout my codebase since that adds a lot of...

Tracing  

BeginSpan is the New Printf: Observability in the Developer Workflow

Observability is a great way to understand how your system is operating in production, diagnose errors when systems fail, and find subtle gaps in logic....

Tracing  

Tracing makes a bug easy to spot

Today, I found a bug before I noticed it. Like, it was subtle, and so I wasn’t quite sure I saw it—maybe I hadn’t hit...

Ask Miss O11y   Best Practices   Tracing  

Ask Miss O11y: Tracing Is for Async, Too

I have a good sense of how to use traces to understand my system’s behavior within request/response cycles. What about multi-request processes? What about async...

Instrumentation   Tracing  

Vendor Switching With OpenTelemetry (OTel)

You might already know that OpenTelemetry is the future of instrumentation. It's an open-source and vendor-neutral instrumentation framework that frees you from the trap of...

Instrumentation   Tracing  

An Introduction to Distributed Tracing

To dive deeper into distributed tracing and what it can do for you, download a free copy of “Distributed Tracing: A Guide for Microservices and...

Tracing  

How Slack Transformed Their CI With Tracing

Slack experienced meteoric growth between 2017 and 2020—but that level of growth came with growing pains. In his talk at the 2021 o11ycon+hnycon, Frank Chen...

Tracing  

Uniting Tracing and Logs With OpenTelemetry Span Events

The current landscape of what our customers are dealing with in monitoring and observability can be a bit of a mess. For one thing, there...

Connectors & Integrations   Tracing  

Mix & Match! Tracing Header Interoperability Between OpenTelemetry and Beelines

We’ve released support for tracing header interoperability in all of our Beelines. This means you can now mix and match distributed services instrumented with Beelines...

Customer Stories   Guests   Tracing  

Logs and Traces: Two Houses Unalike in Dignity

With Honeycomb, the engineering team at IMO was able to find hidden architectural issues that were previously obscured in their logs, generating new insights that...

Product Updates   Tracing  

Unpacking Events: All the Better to Observe

At Honeycomb, we believe events are the building blocks for observability. What exactly is an event? What does that mean for your team’s observability journey?...

Debugging   Logging   Metrics   Monitoring   Observability   Tracing  

"Hot-take" on 3 Popular Open Source Tools & The Observability Landscape

New eGuide takes a closer look at Prometheus, ELK and Jaeger: Open source tooling has its benefits. No licensing costs and you’re free to download,...

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