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Going deep on UUIDs and ULIDs

The other day the HB team was chatting and Ben, our dev-ops master, mentioned that he wished he'd used ULIDs instead of UUIDs for a particular system. Like any seasoned engineer, my reaction was to mumble something non-committal then sneak over to Google to try to figure out what the hell a ULID is. Two hours later I emerged with a thousand-yard stare and the realization that the world of unique identifiers is larger and more wondrous than I ever could have imagined.

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Honeybadger and Slack - Error Monitoring Awesomeness – Part Deux

When Honeybadger originally partnered with Slack, it was the dawn of a new era. Dev teams everywhere were thrilled that they could receive exception, uptime, and check-in alerts instantly from within their teams' Slack channels. That was, and still is, a lethal weapon. However, Honeybadger and Slack have partnered up again and have been hard at work pushing error monitoring to the limit. Why? Because bugs and exceptions don't rest, and neither do Honeybadger and Slack.

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Avoiding Junk-Drawer Classes in Ruby

Because Ruby is an object-oriented language, we tend to model the world as a set of objects. We say that two integers (x and y) are a Point, and a Line has two of them. While this approach is often useful, it has one big problem. It privileges one interpretation of the data over all others. It assumes that x, and y will always be a Point and that you'll never need them to act as a Cell or Vector. What happens when you do need a Cell? Well, Point owns the data. So you add a your cell methods to Point.

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Announcing Search Autocomplete

Stop the presses! We've just added a small but really cool new feature to your Honeybadger account: search key autocomplete. You've always been able to search your errors by params, session and other nested fields. It's easy to find all errors where params.user.name is bob. But there's a catch. You had to know beforehand that params.user.name exists, and you had to type it in manually. This made it really difficult to do on-the-fly exploratory searches.

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Using Ruby on AWS Lambda

When Ruby support on AWS Lambda was announced yesterday, I was so excited about it that I had to try it right away. We've been using Lambda for a while at Honeybadger, and I have longed to be able to write our functions in Ruby. Having played with the new Ruby support for a few hours, I'm feeling confident we'll be spending less time with Node, Go, and Python. :)