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Adding automated performance quality gates using Keptn Pitometer 

This blog dives into monitoring-as-code and adding automated performance quality gates into your software delivery pipelines. We’ll walk through examples using a web microservice app and an Azure function app that we developed as open source services that help you qualify the overall performance and quality of applications. Both services utilize the Keptn Pitometer open...

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How Honeycomb is empowering all developers to better understand their systems 

Honeycomb is a tool for introspecting and interrogating your production systems. It’s a new type of tool, designed to infuse observability across platforms, microservices, serverless apps, and increasingly complex systems, as well as all the way down to individual customers. I had a chance to catch up with Emily Nakashima, our Director of Engineering at...

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JUnit 5 adopts Azure Pipelines 

Prior to March 2019 we, the JUnit team, used various continuous integration (CI) services to perform CI checks, from a self-managed Jenkins instance on CloudBees to a Travis CI and AppVeyor setup. Managing three different setups was not ideal, so the team reduced the CI services used to two: Travis for Linux and Mac builds...

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Tutorial: Adding distributed tracing instrumentation to a browser JavaScript app 

In recent years, many developers have discovered the power of distributed tracing for debugging regressions and performance issues in their backend systems, especially for those of us with complex microservices architectures. But in many organizations, our most complex code may not be server-side code — it’s just as likely to be running client-side in a...

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What is a service mesh anyways? 

The service mesh may sound complex, but at its heart, it’s a very simple idea: a set of network proxies that transparently run alongside microservices, implementing reliability, observability, and security features by measuring and manipulating inter-service (“east-west”) traffic. Led by open source projects such as Linkerd, the service mesh model is increasingly popular because it...

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4 new Python/Django video tutorials for productive cloud development 

Python is a great language for building web apps, and Django is one of the most popular frameworks. It lets developers create web apps fast, including modern RESTful APIs, with security and scalability in mind. I’ve been using Visual Studio Code and Azure for a while and was invited to share my experiences at Microsoft’s...

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Phippy and friends join the Cloud Native Computing Foundation 

We’re so excited to share that Phippy is headed to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)! Microsoft has donated Phippy and friends, along with our original book The Illustrated Children Guide to Kubernetes, to CNCF! What does this mean? It means that the characters you know and love are now free to use as you...

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Don’t be “pitchy” with your pitches 

What comes to mind when you hear the word “meet-up”? Personally, I think of s’mores, tie-dying, PowerPoint karaoke, and giant squirrel costumes. Of course, here at Sentry, we don’t think of our meet-ups as “meet-ups,” we think of them more as events that you happen to learn something at (while eating a fruit-roll up and...

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