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November 2021

OpenTelemetry Browser Instrumentation

One of the most common questions we get at Honeycomb is “What insights can you get in the browser?” Browser-based code has become orders of magnitude more complex than it used to be. There are many different patterns, and, with the rise of Single Page App frameworks, a lot of the code that is traditionally done in a backend or middle layer is now being pushed up to the browser. Instead, the questions should be: What insights do frontend engineers want?

Ask Miss O11y: Mapping Out Your Observability Journey

Dear Trapped, Thanks for asking the question! Approaching observability as an all-or-nothing problem often leads to the project feeling daunting. But that’s not specific to observability—any project can be overwhelming if you think it needs to be done all at once, perfectly. Such as, erm, writing an entire book on observability! *looks around worriedly*

Ask Miss O11y: I Don't Want to Be On Call Anymore. Am I a Monster?

First, I’d like to say that pager duty isn’t something we should treat like chronic pain or diabetes, where you just constantly manage symptoms and tend to flare-ups day and night. Being paged out of hours is as serious as a fucking heart attack. It should be RARE and taken SERIOUSLY. Resources should be mustered, product cycles should be reassigned, until the problem is fixed.

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 issues interrupted normal work. A fraction of them had noticeable public impact, but most of the operational work was invisible. Because we’re all about helping everyone learn from our experiences, we decided to share the behind-the-scenes look of what happened.

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

The moment of launching something new at a game studio (titles, experiences, features, subscriptions) is a blockbuster moment that hangs in the balance. The architecture—distributed and complex, designed by a multitude of teams, to be played across a variety of devices in every corner of the world—is about to meet a frenzy of audience anticipation, along with the sky-high expectations of players, executives, and investors.

How Secure Tenancy Keeps Your Secrets Secret

The best way to be sure that you keep a secret is not to know it in the first place. Managing secrets is a notoriously difficult engineering problem. Across our industry, secrets are stored in a bewildering variety of secure (and sometimes notoriously insecure) systems of varying complexity. Engineers are often trying to balance the least worst set of tradeoffs. At Honeycomb, we asked: What if we didn’t need to know your secrets to begin with?