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Strengthening our commitment to the OpenTelemetry project 

Carter Socha | April 20, 2023

Lightstep is the first company to natively provide customers with complete control of their telemetry pipeline which saves time and money, and provides the freedom to innovate at scale. By embracing OpenTelemetry support without vendor lock-in, Lightstep helps you make complex app development easier and faster.

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OpenTelemetry and tracing and logs, oh my!

Ted Young | Mar 9, 2021

OpenTelemetry, Tracing, Logs, Oh my! Read Ted Young’s latest blog for a mix of the latest updates about the state of logging with good advice (and possibly gentle ranting).

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What is observability and why should you care?

Ted Young | Mar 2, 2021

Ted Young discusses what is observability including control theory (and other red herrings), why you should use observability now, and how OpenTelemetry ties the room together.

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OpenTelemetry Lambda for Python!

Ted Young | Feb 26, 2021

In December, Alex Boten did some great work experimenting with running OpenTelemetry on Lambda. A number of improvements have happened since including the Lightstep Lambda extension being donated to OpenTelemetry. Let's dig into the details.

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OpenTelemetry automatic instrumentation: a deep dive

Austin Parker | Feb 25, 2021

OpenTelemetry can be an overwhelming project to take in. Understanding the interactions between the API, SDK, and various tools and protocols is a lot. In this post, we’ll cover the interesting and important part of the project: automatic instrumentation.

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The Big Pieces: OpenTelemetry specification

Ted Young | Feb 22, 2021

During the OpenTracing and OpenCensus merger, the initial version of the specification was created. In this installment of The Big Pieces, we’re going to cover the way that OpenTelemetry designs itself, and how to get involved yourself.

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OpenTelemetry specification: a year in review

Austin Parker | Feb 17, 2021

A project like OpenTelemetry is a great example of the importance of specifications, and of specification work. We'll look back at some interesting statistics about the year that was, and then discuss where the OpenTelemetry specification is going in 2021.

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OpenTelemetry Specification v1.0.0, Tracing Edition

Ted Young | Feb 16, 2021

This is a big moment for OpenTelemetry. With v1.0.0 of the specification complete, and v1.0.1 already out, we are ready to begin offering stability guarantees for the tracing portion of the OpenTelemetry clients.

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How we built Lightstep Metrics: creating a database from scratch

Alex Kehlenbeck | Feb 12, 2021

Our team recently added Lightstep Metrics with Change Intelligence. This article by Alex “apk” Kehlenbeck dives into the details on how the database was built from scratch along with the challenges and goals for the team.

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How we built Lightstep Metrics: a new charting library with React and Canvas

Ted Pennings | Feb 9, 2021

When adding metrics to our platform, our teams built a fresh, tailored approach to charting with the library on top of React and Canvas. Read this blog to see how!

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