Custom code—the logic that most directly impacts your business—is often the most interesting code to observe.
Below, you can find different ways to instrument your application: automatic options, with more ready to go out of the box; and a more direct, customizable option. Either will help you capture data on how your code behaves in production and offer some interesting queries to explore.
The Honeycomb OpenTelemetry Distribution for Java is the most direct path to instrumenting your code. The OpenTelemetry Distribution understands a wide range of standard packages in various ecosystems, and instruments them to send useful events to Honeycomb.
It’s easy to start with auto-instrumentation, which will create traces automatically, and then later, optionally add custom traces and context to events to capture your unique needs.
LibHoney is a low-level library for sending structured events to Honeycomb’s API. The Java Beeline package uses LibHoney under the hood.