architectures such as AWS Lambda have created new challenges in debugging code.
Without a solid logging framework in place, you could waste hours, or even
days, tracking down simple defects in your functions. A strategic logging
framework can be a powerful way to track down and resolve bugs.
walk through how to get the most out of logging Lambda functions. We’ll set up
and troubleshoot code to find the root cause of a defect, look at some best
practices for logging Lambda functions, and explore setting up alerts.
Working with concurrent code can be a real
pain, because it can be difficult to track execution in multiple parts of the
code base. Even the trusty debugger can get difficult to use with this kind of
code. I’ll show you how logs make it easy to see the application behavior and
identify problems. This is especially true when your code is running in the
wild on a remote server and you are trying to diagnose problems.
Logging is one of the first tools in a
developer’s kit for fixing timing and deadlock issues. When you debug
concurrent code, the debugger may appear to jump around as different parts of
the code are executed. This is true for both multithreaded and asynchronous
code. A log file allows you to quickly see the behavior of your application
without slowly stepping through tasks in different parts of the code base.
Let’s run through a famous example so you can see exactly what I mean.
In a perfect world, there wouldn’t be any errors or bugs in production applications. However, we don’t live in a perfect world, and from experience, you know there is no such thing as a bug-free application. If you are using the Laravel framework, you can leverage its log tracking and error logging to catch bugs early and enhance the performance of your Laravel-based application.
Laravel comes pre-packaged with tools to help you track and monitor events. This reduces the effort required to track down those bugs. It comes with a stackable logging system built on top of the popular Monolog library. It also allows you to set up multiple channels based on the severity of the log or event. These channels include stack (stacked), single, daily, Slack, syslog, monolog, SolarWinds® Papertrail®, and so on.
release of ASP.NET Web Forms had most .NET developers excited for a new
framework to replace old Classic ASP scripting. However, Web Forms made it
tedious to keep track of page states resulting in spaghetti code for many web
MVC was introduced, it made web development much easier with the model, view, controller structure. But
it also introduced its own complications, and many.NET programmers ran into challenges
when switching to MVC.
this article, we’ve compiled some of the most common errors in ASP.NET and how
to resolve them.
Once a new Rails app or a new feature for an existing app is “ready”—meaning that everything works as expected locally and all tests pass—it is moved to production, which brings a new set of problems. In this article, we’re going to explore a number of common issues that new Rails developers might face when deploying and running their apps in production, that result in server errors, missing resources, and even timeouts.
One of the greatest advantages of Ruby on Rails (RoR) is its focus on convention over configuration. RoR convention allows programmers—willing to play by the rule book—to develop a Rails application in significantly less time than other frameworks, as well as with significantly less code. How? Well, by lowering the number of decisions a programmer must make when building out their application.
One of the biggest challenges organizations
face when operating web applications is monitoring the availability of complex
transactions that involve multiple steps. Developers and testers are often left
manually stepping through their applications in the hopes of reproducing
problems and replicating the complex nature of user experience. What they
really need is a way to simulate real user activity independent of any actual
In this article, we’ll explain how to create
and monitor web applications using synthetic transactions. We’ll show you how
to simulate traffic to a web application, how to record each action using
transaction monitoring software, and how logs provide important context to user
If you are looking for a Docker-enabled PaaS, but want to run it
on your own infrastructure, Dokku might be a great option to consider. It is
basically lightweight open source software that runs on your server. Dokku
simplifies deployment by handling the movement of source code, containerization
of sites, assignments of domains, builds, SSL certs, and more—just like a cloud-based
Dokku apps are restricted to a single host. When you don’t have enormous scaling needs, Dokku might be a great option. Prototyping, for example, is perfect for Dokku. You can quickly pull a prototype together and get it out to users for feedback, frequently in the same day. It lets DevOps teams spend more time designing and building projects and less time fiddling with server configurations and deployment issues.
DevOps engineers wishing to troubleshoot Kubernetes applications can turn to log messages to pinpoint the cause of errors and their impact on the rest of the cluster. When troubleshooting a running application, engineers need real-time access to logs generated across multiple components.
Collecting live streaming log data lets
Review container and pod activity
Monitor the result of actions, such as creating or modifying a deployment
Understand the interactions between containers, pods, and Kubernetes
Monitor ingress resources and requests
Troubleshoot errors and watch for new or recurring problems
it comes to managing risk and ensuring the safety of the data within your
network, auditing and managing log data is
one of the most important components of any monitoring solution. Keeping detailed
records of user activities or changes on your critical systems helps you
understand what is occurring within your environment and detect real-time
This tutorial will demonstrate deploying Auditd on a standard web server to monitor user logins, modifications to the /etc/passwd file, and changes to any file in the webserver directory. We’ll setup Auditd monitoring and then use a vulnerability testing tool called Metasploit to trigger a warning. We’ll also show you how to use SolarWinds®Papertrail™ to notify you of critical system file or directory changes.
interfaces (APIs) have become a critical part of almost every business. APIs
are responsible for transferring information between systems within a company
or to external companies. For example, when you log in to a website like Google
or Facebook, an API processes your login credentials to verify they are
However, given the sensitive data being transferred through APIs, it’s critical to secure them. Increasingly sophisticated attacks occur every year, requiring better security controls and monitoring. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of the vulnerabilities of APIs, which hackers can take advantage of, and we’ll show you how to secure them. We’ll also show you how to monitor APIs and receive security alerts through SolarWinds® Papertrail™.