While our engineering team was hard at work
improving the performance of the new event
viewer, our design team got to work rejuvenating the user
experience. We’re excited to offer some serious upgrades and customization
We organized our interface elements, cleaned
up the mobile experience, and adopted a new header and navigation to provide a
smoother transition when switching between other SolarWinds® APM products.
And of course, we updated the look and feel.
Because the event viewer is the core of SolarWinds
Papertrail™, we wanted to make sure any visual changes we made
wouldn’t distract you from your work. We wanted you to continue viewing your
logs in the same style you’ve grown accustomed to over the past several years.
The event viewer is the heart of SolarWinds®
Papertrail™, where you tail logs, save
searches, and create alerts. For most Papertrail users, this is where they spend
the majority of their time in Papertrail.
We’ve wanted to update and modernize the event viewer for a
while. But knowing that any change to the event viewer can have a large impact
on how users find and troubleshoot issues, we wanted to make sure we got it
After more than six months of extensive beta tests and with tons of feedback from our beta users (thank you!), we’re finally ready to unveil the new event viewer.
Today we announced an integration between SolarWinds®
AppOptics™ and SolarWinds Papertrail™ to allow you to
quickly move from service-level metrics, down to a trace, and then down to the
logs specific to that trace.
The integration between AppOptics and Papertrail provides
the ability to group the log messages from a traced transaction and add trace
context to your logs in Papertrail. Connecting the dots between the distributed
trace and the related logs makes your life easier when troubleshooting
application issues—especially in complex environments.
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.