If you've used Exceptionless, chances are a search or filter system would have helped you out more than once. We know, and we agree! That's why we've made it a priority with Exceptionless 2.0, which is coming very soon.
To expand on our previous "Exceptionless 2.0 User Interface FIRST LOOK" article, we want to give everyone a little bit more of a look at the filtering system. This demo isn't anything super fancy, but it gives you a good idea of how easy and fast it will be to filter and search through your event data.
As always, we are looking for feedback on the platform as we continue to draw nearer to launch, so feel free to leave us a comment or contact us and let us know what you think. We hope you like it!
Hi there. Today we want to quickly demonstrate the use of the new filtering system in Exceptionless 2.0.
Let's check out a quick example.
With our new tagging system, you can add any tag you like to an exception - so maybe you want to tag various exceptions to be related to a specific feature or issue - you can do that now.
As you can see in our dummy data here, we've introduced Tag 1 through Tag 5 on various exceptions.
If we go back out to the main dashboard and click up here on our filter/search icon, we can give it a quick test.
Lets say I want to see all exceptions tagged "tag4". OK Great. How about tag5? And tag 3? Cool.
Now, we can also do that within a group of exceptions... Let's look at this one. Again, all we do is filter by the different tags to see their frequency, look at individual instances, and more. Let me run through the different tags real quick.
And that's a quick look at the Exceptionless 2.0 Filtering system, which gives you even more control over sorting and finding the information you need.
Looking forward to filtering your Exceptionless events? #
Great! That's what we like to hear. We think it's going to be super easy, super fast, and even fun for some of you data junkies. Again, if you have any questions or comments, please let us know.
We can prove it! Exceptionless 2.0 is real, and we've got evidence!
We've been wanting to give everyone a sneak peak for a long time, and today we are excited to finally be able to. Watch the video above to see a high level overview of the new UI and features.
There are still quite a few small things to take care of before we release it, but we are happy to say that we are around the 85% mark as far as being finished. Once we get closer, we will be putting up a live demo/preview site for everyone to play with and give feedback on.
Please don't hesitate to give us any feedback you may have after watching the video or reading the transcript below. We want to hear it!
On the left navigation bar, we have the 4 default event types, exceptions, log messages, broken links, and feature usages. Each has a dashboard, most recent, most frequent, and new view, which generates a page very similar to what you're used to seeing.
As promised with version 2.0, we also have an all events section, which you can send literally any event to. We'll go into more detail on that in future posts and videos.
If we move to the top navigation bar, we see that you can now view data across all projects or by individual projects - a highly requested feature. We then have a quick time period selector, and finally the new filtering system, which allows you to quickly filter your exceptions. We'll show off that feature in it's own video soon.
Moving down into the data portion of the view, one feature that actually isn't new is that you can click and drag to select a period of time on the graph. Just a quick pointer there. Something that is new is the ability to select multiple exceptions or instances of an exception and perform bulk actions on it, such as Mark Fixed, Mark Hidden, or Delete. Again, more on that soon.
One last quick feature that we thought we would highlight today is that all times are now translated to the user's timezone, so your team members can always be working in their specific time no matter where they are.
That's about it for today, but keep an eye out for more updates as we close in on a release date for Exceptionless 2.0. We know some of these features and enhancements have been on your request list, and we're really excited to be this close to shipping them for you guys.
As we plug away at Exceptionless 2.0, perfecting and future-proofing it, we wanted to stop and take the time to talk about AngularJS, how we are using it in version two, and what benefits we're going to get out of it.
Naturally, we want to maintain all current functionality while supporting planned V2.0 features like search and filtering. We also want it to be static and use the REST API for everything. We're pretty determined to not cheat on that point. Then, thinking ahead, building it to support easily adding new features in the future is a huge priority.
Using our fully documented REST API, the new Exceptionless 2.0 UI will be static, with no server side logic. What this allows us to do is host the UI on a content delivery network (CDN), guaranteeing faster load times for users anywhere in the world. Everyone loves fast load times!
Being a single page application (SPA), the new version of the app eliminates page loads. The only thing being loaded is the JSON data, and we can pre-load other content as users navigate the site. That, along with the static UI mentioned above, means we can deliver an app that responds almost instantaneously to the user's input. What a time to be alive.
Version 1 taught us a lot. We gained valuable feedback from users, beat our head against several complex problems, and made countless wish lists for the future. Most of that lead to the desire for a more modular, easily maintainable system that new features could be added to with minimal reinvention.
AngularJS has helped us fulfill those dreams. We can now add new features very easily, without breaking other sections of the site, and our code based has been greatly simplified. And, even with all the modularity, we are still able to run tests on the UI. Pretty snazzy!
Event type support is handled via pluggable view modules, and we'll be able to add new ones that we haven't even conceived of with relative ease.
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been writing about the tools and technologies that the Exceptionless Team uses to create, support, and maintain Exceptionless. In part three of the series, we want to take a look at the services used.
Most projects need project organization, time management, tracking, the ability to easily communicate with team members, version control, etc - the list goes on. Exceptionless is no different. Here are some of our favorite tools that provide those services to help keep Exceptionless, well, Exceptionless.
Hosts our infrastructure
Microsoft Azure lets you build, deploy, and manage applications any way you like for exceptional productivity. It is a major cloud platform and is an industry leader for both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS).
Source control, issue tracking, wiki, and static site hosting GitHub provides access control ,version control, issue tracking and several collaboration features such as wikis, task management, bug tracking, and feature requests for any project. It is a web-based graphical interface tool that also includes desktop and mobile integration.
Team chat and notifications HipChat allows users to create and participate in chat rooms and send one-on-one messages with other people in a group-centric format. It is an excellent tool to keep your team organized and on task, no matter how small or large.
Awesome uptime monitoring Pingdom is a service that tracks the uptime, downtime, and performance of your websites from multiple locations globally so that it can distinguish genuine downtime from routing and access problems. An excellent tool to stay on top of your website’s downtime and to assist with issues that arise.
Task management Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, it tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process. You can easily sort your projects by tasks, to-do lists, and to stay on top of those time sensitive projects.
Monitoring real time system metrics Librato provides a solution for monitoring, analyzing, and understanding the system metrics that impact your business at all levels. It provides everything you need to visualize, analyze, and actively alert on the metrics that matter to you.
Awesome and inexpensive way to send emails Mandrill is a transactional email product that apps can use to send automated one-to-one email, like password reminders, shopping-cart receipts, and personalized notifications. It is highly customizable and can help assist with all aspects of email for your business.
Integrated app messaging and user communication Intercom shows you who is using your product and makes it easy to personally communicate with them through behavior-driven email and in-app messages to help with feedback and suggestions to help you develop your product further.
Api documentation Apiary allows you to easily write a custom API blueprint for your project. Once created, you can share it with your teammates or customers to test. Once you have the perfect API mock, let your developers get to work. Check out the upcoming Exceptionless 2.0 documentation.
Cloud based email and documents Google Apps for Work is a service from Google that provides independently customizable versions of several Google products. It uses your personal domain name and features several Web applications with similar functionality to traditional office suites, including Gmail, Hangouts, Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Groups, News, Play, Sites, and Vault
Video conferencing Skype is the most popular voice communication service in the world. Skype can be used to instant message, VoIP, Send files, or collaborate with your friends, family, or team members. They provide desktop applications as well as mobile applications.
Last week we wrote up a whole list of server side technologies that we use to build and maintain Exceptionless. This week, we're going to look at client side tools and services.
We're all about function around here, but we like to think that the app looks and feels pretty good, too! We hope you agree, and maybe you'll come across a thing or two you could use in the future to jazz up the user side of your projects.
Most of these are free services, so check them out!
AngularJS is a structural framework for dynamic web apps. It lets you use HTML as your UI language and lets you extend HTML's syntax to define your application’s structure efficiently. Angular's data binding and dependency injection eliminates much of the "fluff" code needed and does this all in the browser.
Restangular is an AngularJS service that simplifies the most common GET, POST, DELETE, and UPDATE requests with a minimum amount of client code. It is a perfect fit for any application that uses data from a RESTful API.
Emmet Re:View is a small Google Chrome extension that finds responsive design breakpoints on your page and creates view for each breakpoint. This allows you to easily debug your code to perfect and create the perfect UI.
Npm is most commonly used for managing Node.js modules, but it works for the front-end too when combined with Browserify and/or $ npm dedupe.
Bower is created solely for the front-end and is optimized with that in mind. The biggest difference is that npm does nested dependency tree (size heavy) while Bower requires a flat dependency tree (puts the burden of dependency resolution on the user).
As it turns out, building technology and web applications takes a lot of other technology. We were reflecting the other day and decided it would be cool if we did a blog series that went over all the different "stuff" we use to make and maintain Exceptionless.
For the first part in the series, we decided to look at all the server-side products and services. They are listed below, along with a short description of what they are used for. See something you've never used? Check it out! Have something we should try out instead? Let us know by commenting!
Octopus Deploy works with, not against your build server. This ensures reliable, secure, automated releases of ASP.NET applications and Windows Services into test, staging and production environments, whether they are in the cloud or on-premises. The Octopus Deploy dashboard can tell you quickly which versions of your application are deployed to specific environments. .
Elasticsearch is a search server. is a distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search engine with a RESTful web interface and schema-free JSON documents. It has scalable search, real-time search, multi tenancy and can be used to search all kinds of documents.
MongoDB makes integration of data in certain types of applications easier and faster. It is a cross-platform document-oriented database that is classified as a NoSQL database. It favors JSON-like documents with dynamic schemas over the traditional table-based relational database structure.
ReSharper is a productivity tool that makes Microsoft Visual Studio a much better IDE. It includes features such as code inspections, automated code refactorings, blazing fast navigation, and coding assistance.
Postman allows you to construct simple as well as complex requests quickly. You can save them for later use and analyze the response sent by the API. It dramatically cuts down the time required to test and develop APIs. It can easily scale and be used for your small team, or larger organizations.
Simple Injector is an easy-to-use Dependency Injection (DI) library for .NET 4+. It supports Silverlight 4+, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 including Universal apps and Mono. It can be easily integrated with popular frameworks such as Web API, MVC, WCF and many others. It also provides a carefully selected set of features in its core library to support many advanced scenarios.
SignalR is a library for ASP.NET developers that assists with developing real-time web functionality. SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. It allows pushing content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers easily as well as includes APIs for connection management, grouping connections, and authorization.
Easy mapping of data models from one form to another
AutoMapper is a convention-based object-object mapper. It provides useful conventions to take the tedious work out of figuring out how to map type A to type B. As long as you follow a few simple standards, almost zero configuration is needed to map two types.
ApprovalTests is an open source assertion/verification library to assist with unit testing. It is compatible with many .NET unit testing frameworks such as Nunit, MsTest, Xunit, and MBUni. It can be used for verifying objects that require more than the simplest of asserts.
The new system will allow users to search by tags, date range, keywords, error type, and more, all while providing full statistics at the same time. This, specifically, has been our most requested feature, and we're glad to finally be able to say it's coming soon!
Elasticsearch removes the need for us to do stats incrementing for every type of view that we want to show. This simplifies the system, further increases performance, and improves throughput for the event collector.
Search has been a long time coming for Exceptionless, and we're super excited to be able to provide a robust, thorough, scaleable solution that will cover 99.99% of possible use cases. Hang in there - we're coding it in as fast as we can!
This user is working on a pre-alpha game that is, at the time of the feedback, only available to the in-house team. The game environment requires multiple servers that are deployed via script. When an old version of a server comes down and a new one is deployed, there is cleanup that must happen, etc.
"I like your product! I've previously written an exception-reporting system that did the same type of thing as Exceptionless but used a mail-server as the exception repository. Since that system was something I had to leave behind at my last company, I wanted to find a solution for my current company, and after comparing alternatives liked what your team had built, so that's what we're using now."
Because the game had such limited players, servers, and testing, it's tough to catch all the little bugs. Fortunately, Exceptionless was able to catch a potentially huge bug that would cause old versions of the servers that were still running to crash because of files being deleted by the new server development clean up scripts.
"If an old version was still running it would crash because its data-files got deleted. Since we're still in development mode there aren't enough people playing on our game servers to notice this exception - but we would have when going into alpha or beta test! Fortunately Exceptionless did notice and report this problem."
We think that's pretty awesome, and not just because we're huge nerds!
"We'd like a feature that allows our developers to claim ownership of bugs so that they're not seen by others in the Dashboard view by default."
With multiple developers on multiple projects, bugs can stack up and things can get messy. John doesn't need to see Billy's bugs from project A when he's working on his own bugs for project B.
We definitely agree here and understand, but there is a fine line between us being an error reporting service and getting into bug tracking type features. We had a previous product that tried to do too much and turned people off so we really wanted to try and keep Exceptionless simple. That being said, we want to make Exceptionless integrate with other apps much more in the future and make it really easy to create new integrations. We're working on this now with Exceptionless 2.0, coming soon!
"One other thing that was painful for me personally: we run multiple services of the same type on a single server (e.g. multiple instances of "game-server.exe"). In order to ensure that each server has its own queue folder and logfile, I had to write a chunk of custom code."
Again, we totally agree! The client in Exceptionless 2.0 will be MUCH simpler and will make things much easier. You will be able to easily use in-memory storage and be able to plug in different storage implementations.
If you're a current user, we'd love to hear how you've used Exceptionless to cut down on bugs and build better apps. If you've got any criticisms or feature feedback/requests, keep those coming as well - they help us improve!
Many of you guys have been following along in previous posts as we went through the details of the new features and enhancements coming with the next version of Exceptionless, V2.0.
To make things easier for everyone, we thought we'd do an overview post as well, so all the new features can be found in one location and people can click to read more on the specific ones they are interested in.
Many users have asked for ways to use Exceptionless to report additional types of events, rather than just errors. With version 2.0, we are moving to an event based system that will accommodate such requests.
The new pluggable system will allow customization and translation throughout the Exceptionless platform, including integration with third-party services and more. Read on for more details and source code about event parsing, the event pipeline, and formatting.
The Exceptionless client has been completely rewritten to be highly simplified and extensible, work with Mono and Project K, include additional platform specific clients, and much more. Take a look at an extended event data usage example at the link below.
In an effort to improve scalability, allow for new functionality to easily be added to Exceptionless, make the system less coupled, process things more efficiently, go fully Async, and further support Azure, we’ve been working hard on a new message bus and queueing system.
A lot of time has been spent on enhancing the job system behind Exceptionless. From the ability to run jobs standalone, making testing easier, to more ways to run jobs and the ability to auto-scale jobs based on resource constraints, lots of great changes are coming!
If you've taken a look at the upcoming features and have any comments, please let us know! We're working on everything as fast and hard as we can, and will hopefully have an ETA to have everything finished soon.
We've had quite a few requests for pricing plans that support users, retention, and errors somewhere between our old medium and enterprise plans, so we crunched the numbers and came up with new large and extra large plans that find a happy medium.
Both plans include more users, more retention, and more errors. Check out the details on each package below or view the Pricing Page for a quick summary.
The extra large plan was created to bridge the gap between large and enterprise by quadrupling the number of errors per month to 1,000,000. You still get unlimited projects and users, as well as 180 days of retention and premium features.
For those businesses and enterprise-level teams that have several large projects and need to handle huge numbers of errors, the Enterprise plan offers everything that the Extra Large plan offers, with 3,000,000 errors per month.