Those building microservices understand the role and importance of distributed tracing. After all, it’s the most direct way to understand how and why complex systems misbehave. Indeed, every organization that’s adopted microservices at scale has had to deploy a distributed tracing solution—first with Dapper at Google, then with Zipkin at Twitter, and now with various open source and commercial tracing solutions at other early-adopter technology companies. As our industry migrates toward microservice architectures, distributed tracing will become the table stakes for visibility into production systems; thus, developers must learn how to integrate and deploy tracing technology effectively.
Ben Sigelman, Yuri Shkuro, and Priyanka Sharma help you go from zero to useful traces in under an hour with OpenTracing, walking you through visualizing the critical path for transactions with microservices, enabling debugging, latency monitoring, and overall performance gains. The goal throughout is to demystify distributed tracing and convey the best practices through interactive lessons, placing a special focus on source-code instrumentation and integration strategies, as historically those have been the most daunting aspect of distributed tracing for newcomers.
Ben Sigelman is the cofounder and CEO of LightStep, where he’s building reliability management for modern systems. An expert in distributed tracing, Ben is the coauthor of the OpenTracing standard, a project within the Linux Foundation’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Previously, he built Dapper, Google’s production distributed systems tracing infrastructure, and Monarch, Google’s fleet-wide time series collection, storage, analysis, and alerting system. Ben holds a BSc in mathematics and computer science from Brown University.
Priyanka Sharma is the director of technical evangelism at GitLab and serves on the board of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). She has deep expertise in DevOps and observability. A former entrepreneur with a passion for growing developer products through open source communities, Priyanka advises startups at HeavyBit industries, an accelerator for developer products. She holds a BA in political science from Stanford University and loves reading and playing with her dog, Ollie, in her spare time.
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