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!
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.
Good news for GitLab users! You can now deep link error stack traces in Rollbar directly to the code in your GitLab repos. Rollbar now supports GitLab's native issue tracking features, allowing you to seemlessly debug and manage new issues as they happen in your existing workflow. We’ve rolled out support for source control for both GitLab.com and self-hosted. Issue tracking only supports GitLab.com, self-hosted support is coming soon.
Our friends at Cuttlesoft wanted to share how they use Rollbar to detect errors in Ionic built applications. Enjoy!
At Cuttlesoft, we use Rollbar's excellent full-stack error monitoring service for pinpointing and fixing tricky bugs. Our team loves Rollbar for its integrations with other popular services (we get our error notifications via Slack so we’re constantly in the know). For building hybrid mobile and progressive web apps, we generally rely on Ionic. Ionic is an open-source framework for hybrid mobile app development maintained by Drifty. Built with AngularJS and Cordova, Ionic is a popular tool for mobile developers everywhere. To combine these two, we've developed a method for integrating Rollbar error tracking with the Ionic stack.
Happy Holidays Rollbar users! 🎁 We're gifting you a handful of updates to a key feature in Rollbar, the Live Error Feed. We recently rolled out some improved fucntionality to the Live Error Feed, most notably the ability to quickly view and assign ownership of errors with your team. Instantly know who's working on what and ensure that urgent production issues don't get overlooked.
Here's an overview of how these updates will help you and your team members better manage errors in Rollbar:
Ruby is a popular open source programming language that is highly flexible, and used for everything from basic "hello world" apps to sophisticated, dynamic programs. Whether you've been programming in Ruby for years or you're a complete beginner, tracking down errors in your Ruby app is simple and easy. Let's go through some basic Ruby error handling, and discover how easy it can be to integrate Rollbar into your Ruby app to automatically log and report your exceptions.
Ruby's default exception handling is to terminate the program in the event of an exception. That's not really useful when you're trying to build a complex web application for multiple users. Luckily there's a way around this - declaring exception handlers. Exception handlers are blocks of code that are called if an exception occurs in the execution of another block of code in your program. For the most basic Ruby exception handling, you need to know how to Raise and Rescue an exception.
When you Raise an exception, you stop the normal flow of the program, and execute the code that deals with handling an error. This code can either deal with the error in some way, or terminate the program. If you provide a Rescue clause in your error handler, you can choose how to deal with the exception; without it, the program will simply terminate.
Join us this year at Amazon Web Services annual conference, re:Invent! Rollbar will be participating along side of Atlassian and other Atlassian ecosystem partners like StatusPage, Splunk, Puppet, Xmatters and Workato. We will all be in the Atlassian booth demonstrating how our solutions work better together. Come by and check it out - booth 2446.
Join us next week for CircleCI's November Office Hours!
Cory Virok, Co-founder and CTO of Rollbar, along with others from the startup community will be participating in a panel discussion on October's DDoS attack that took down a lot of the services we rely on in our everyday workflows.
When: Wednesday November 16th @ 6pm PT
Our friends at Split wanted to let you know that you can now integrate Rollbar with Split. And take control of your error handling and feature rollouts - together. Enjoy! :-)
Rollbar is an excellent error monitoring service that works across all of the languages Split supports. It’s great at telling you what’s going wrong and where, but doesn’t necessarily have all the details on why. That’s where Split comes in, with our new Rollbar integration.
We built Split to help teams take control of their deployments by slowly delivering features to targeted groups of users. In this way you can limit the scope of trouble when things do go wrong, killing the feature until it’s fixed, then slowly rolling it out again. Our new integration brings rollout metadata from features in Split into the Rollbar interface, so teams can quickly correlate errors against the latest deployments.