Onboarding as a remote employee on the other side of the world

Written By
Rivkah Standig

When I first started full-time here at Rollbar, I was living in Malaysia for the month, starting a year-long journey around the world that I'm currently still on. While it was certainly fun and exciting to explore Kuala Lumpur, it was a bit more difficult to onboard in a new job when I was 15 hours ahead of the rest of the team. Luckily, everyone here at Rollbar is incredibly flexible and helpful, and we were able to get creative about the onboarding process. If you're considering onboarding a remote employee in a different time zone as the rest of your team, read on for some tips and tricks that should help speed up the process.

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Women at Rollbar

Written By
Nellie Sisti & Rivkah Standig

Happy International Women's Day from all of us at Rollbar! To commemorate the day, the women of Rollbar thought it would be great to discuss some of the experiences we have had as women in tech.

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Up your incident management alerts game with Rollbar and VictorOps

Written By
Rivkah Standig

Resolving on-call errors can be faster and easier than ever before when you integrate VictorOps and Rollbar. VictorOps is a fantastic on-call management tool that provides incident notifications to engineers to help teams resolve incidents faster and minimize downtime. We're excited to announce that you can now automatically send your Rollbar items to VictorOps, and get alerted to new errors quickly - before your users notice.

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Get more insight into errors than what your APM tools are reporting

Written By
Jason Skowronski

One of the more frequently asked questions we hear is: "Doesn't my existing Application Performance Management (APM) solution, such as New Relic, monitor and track errors in our application?"

The short answer is - it’s not enough. They are very complementary and most Rollbar users use both (we do) for various debugging scenarios. APM tools are great at telling you what's slow, when and where exceptions occur. Rollbar provides a lot more contextual information to help you determine what's broken, why they occur, who is affected, and how to fix them. It saves you a substantial amount of time dealing with errors and leaves more time for resolving issues and improving your product experiences.

Let’s see how New Relic and Rollbar compare when it comes to monitoring and managing application errors.

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Using JavaScript Source Maps to Debug Errors

Written By
Rivkah Standig

Some of the most common questions we get here at Rollbar deal with source maps:

  • What are source maps and what do they do?
  • How can you enable source mapping?
  • Why aren't your source maps working properly?

Let's explore Javascript source maps together, starting with the basics.

Existing Rollbar users, go to our JavaScript source maps documentation to get started.

As web developers, we have two major goals. First, we want a highly performant website. Second, we want that website to be easy to debug and maintain. Unfortunately, these goals are often at odds with one other. If we minimize our JavaScript, we can achieve some of these goals. Minimizing JavaScript reduces the download size, and the smaller the payload for our website users, the better. If we combine our JavaScript files, we can also reduce the number of http requests.

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Meet the Rollbar Team - Andrew Ledvina

Written By
Nellie Sisti

We're excited to introduce Andrew Ledvina as the newest member of the Rollbar team and Lead SDK Engineer. The timing couldn't have been more perfect for Andrew to start during our quarterly all-hands last week! He was able to have 1:1 meetings with the team, meet our remote team members in person, join for company outings and happy hours, and get an overall feel for the team!

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Rollbar all together, quarterly all hands

Written By
Nellie Sisti

This week was our first quaterly all-hands of 2017 for the full Rollbar team. This is exciting, as Rollbar are a small and distributed team with members in Barcelona, Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Santa Monica and abroad. Most of us haven't all officially met aside from Slack, Google Hangouts or phone calls, so while we feel like we know one another from working together for some time, this has been long awaited!

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How GorillaStack used Rollbar to level up logging with the Serverless framework

Written By
Elliott Spira

Our friends at GorillaStack wanted to share how they set up Rollbar with the Serverless framework, and made a handy tool so you can do the same.

Here at GorillaStack, we are big lovers of the Serverless framework. By default, the Serverless framework uses CloudWatch logs to store any system log messages and output from your lambda code. Pretty quickly, we found ourselves needing to escalate log messages such that we could be notified of application errors and act on them more proactively.

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