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Error Monitoring vs. Logging

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When it comes debugging, which is better: error monitoring or logging? As a developer, you know that whenever any activity happens on your servers, a record is created and stored.…

Re-introducing Airbrake Performance Monitoring

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The Cheap Easy Way to Catch Every Event Today, we are pleased to announce an all-new pricing model for Airbrake Performance Monitoring (APM). We’ve lowered the price of our entry-level…

Introducing Airbrake Dark Mode

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As developers, who create products for developers, it is no exaggeration to say we love dark mode. So, as you can imagine, we’re thrilled to announce that Airbrake Dark Mode…

21 Tips for Using Airbrake

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New year, new goals for your app! This year, we compiled a list of top tips from the developers at Airbrake to help you take full advantage of Airbrake and…

What Does HTTP Do?

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What is HTTP? Before diving into what HTTP does, it’s important to understand what it is. HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol. It is the primary protocol used for communicating…

The Best APM Tools for Developers

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Application Performance Monitoring (APM) has gone beyond the realm of operation professionals, such as IT and system engineers. Developers need APM, as well. But not every tool included in your…

Dedicated QA vs. Developer/Engineering Testing

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With changes in development testing methodologies, people often wonder if Engineering teams will ultimately replace Quality Assurance (QA) teams by incorporating QA responsibilities into the development lifecycle. This debate has…

Golang Error Handling Basics

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One of the more useful features of the Go programming language is the way that it handles errors. Instead of using a Try/Catch methodology like other programming languages, Go treats…

Get Ready for Launch

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Earlier this year, Airbrake released it’s free Developer Tier. This was our first full-featured, always free development tier for new apps. While it’s been very popular, its existence showed we…

How To Improve Your Apdex Score

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Apdex Score is one of the most important tools you have at your disposal to assess your application’s health. A low score equal to or below 0.49 signifies that something…

What is an Apdex Score?

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When attempting to determine whether an application is successful, one of the hardest things to quantify is User Experience or UX. Developers typically rely on qualitative measurements based on surveys…

CEO Insights: Are your customers paying more for less?

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Flattening all available features into a single-tier places emphasizes on the core value of your cloud-based solution. This makes it easier for customers to use your solution, increases usage, and improves the long-term growth of your business.

Python Exception Handling – ValueError

Python is smart–smart enough to know when code is attempting to assign the wrong value to an object. That’s when you might see the ValueError in Python. Throughout this blog post, we’ll go into detail about where this error sits in the Python Exception Class Hierarchy, what it looks like, how it differs from a…

Go 1.17: A Few Golang Error Updates

Golang recently introduced their Go 1.17, which implements several changes to toolchain, runtime, and libraries. Instead of relaying every single change in the Golang 1.17 release, we wanted to highlight some changes that will impact the Golang errors you receive within your application.  Without further ado, here is a quick list of Golang changes to…

How To Use Node.js Profiling

What is Node.js Profiling  Node.js profiling allows you to use the profiler already available to you (–prof) through the Node.js program and discover performance-related issues within your application. With this profiler, you’ll be able to delve into the performance of your application and find what’s causing bottlenecks.  Common performance concerns include:  1.     Memory issues …

O11Y: Observability Best Practices for Developers

Without observability, also known as o11y, into your application can be stressful. And definitely contributes to fear of deployments.   Yet, we hear that lots of developers have poor visibility into production. With poor visibility, developers are unable to see:  Where code is running Errors within code What users are experiencing  … unless they go…

Tackle Latent Errors and Dark Debt With Error Monitoring

No matter how well tested and thought through, changes to code can cause failure—a common reason for this: latent errors and dark debt. When pushing new code, we can only do so much testing. And, unfortunately, we can never fully mirror production. Unlike test environments, production is performed on a larger scale and has:   Real…

Node.js HTTP: ERR_HTTP_HEADERS_SENT

Introduction  If you see the Node.js HTTP error, ERR_HTTP_HEADERS_SENT, there’s likely an issue with the response within your code. Your server may be trying several times to reach a client and failing because it can’t find the header.  The fix for this tends to be fairly simple. Throughout this article, we’ll go over where this…

Balancing Speed and Reliability With Error Budgets

– Wasn’t this code tested? – Yes, it was, but…  – Well, going forward, we need to focus on quality <crickets>  I think every engineering team has had a conversation similar to this. It inevitably happens on the journey of continuous delivery. It’s the definitive end of the DevOps honeymoon, where speed is put head-to-head…

CLI: A Faster Way to Use Airbrake

At Airbrake, we’re all about finding ways to make it faster and easier to use Airbrake Error Monitoring and Performance Monitoring. To that end, our developers have created the Airbrake Command Line Interface (CLI). With the CLI, Airbrake users can set up new projects with Airbrake and interact with the Airbrake API conveniently from the…

New Ways to Get Airbrake for Less

Airbrake Lowers Prices Again In the past year, Airbrake has come up with multiple ways to catch errors and monitor your applications’ performance more cost-effectively than ever.  Here are a few examples: Last spring, we launched our Dev Tier, the first full-featured free error monitoring development tool for applications that are just getting up and…

JavaScript Error Handling: Maximum Call Stack Size Exceeded

Introduction If you see the “Maximum Call Stack Size Exceeded” error, there’s likely a problem with a recursive function within your JavaScript code. More specifically, the issue lies with the function calling on itself indefinitely.  When this happens, there are several steps you can take to fix a piece of code that’s eating up all…

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