In case you’re unfamiliar, Honeycomb is a tool to help you debug complex systems such as databases, distributed infrastructure, containers, microservices, and more. It improves upon existing tools such as static dashboards and pre-aggregated metrics because it encourages an interactive workflow where locating “needles in haystacks” is easier because critical information is not being thrown away.
To start using Honeycomb, the steps are:
- Send “events” to Honeycomb in the form of JSON
- Visualize these sent events in the Honeycomb web UI to identify areas of interest
- Continue to iterate on initial queries to deduce the source of your issue(s)
Because we love you :), we’re working diligently to help you understand how you can get value out of Honeycomb. The new Honeycomb Quick Start will get you from zero knowledge to querying data as quickly as possible. Follow along at home and start learning what this observability thing is all about!
What’s observability all about?
In the quick start, we walk you through digging into a common problem: your users have reported that the website is slow, and you are trying to figure out what might be the source of the issue. Honeycomb is uniquely positioned as a tool to help you pin-point the source of these kinds of maddeningly open-ended questions.
After going through the Quick Start, you’ll be able to make and interpret charts like the following using the Honeycomb UI, and will have a much better feel for what you are aiming for when instrumenting code, sending data, and making queries in Honeycomb. The end result? You’ll have more reliable infrastructure, more empowered engineers, and happier users.
Try Honeycomb today
Sign up for Honeycomb today or go directly to the Quick Start tutorial (if you already have an account) to get started on your journey to become an observability master. If you encounter any issues or have questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org