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Last month,  Mark Lacomber wrote a post describing how to use D3.js visualization library at Logentries. I am following up to show how to combine D3 with the AngularJS framework. As we all know, Angular and D3 frameworks are very popular, and once they work together they can be very powerful and helpful when creating dashboards. But, they can also be challenging and confusing especially when new to these frameworks. The right way to incorporate D3 with Angular is to use custom directives. Directives in Angular are essentially functions that are executed on a DOM element. Let's go through a simple example together.   Our first step is to create a factory which will enable us to inject the D3 module into our custom directive. angular.module('d3', []) .factory('d3Service', [function(){ var d3; // insert d3 code here return d3; }]; After creating the factory, we can ... (more)

Logentries Launches Real-time Log Management

Logentries, the most connected log management and analytics service, today announced a new integration with Geckoboard that brings valuable log data visualizations and analytics to the centralized Geckoboard business dashboard. The Logentries service can also now export real-time log data visualizations and metrics dashboards to other third-party operations dashboards, and teams can access their critical log data from anywhere, at any time. Logentries Shareable Dashboards enable users to build a real-time metrics dashboard within Logentries and easily export via JSON format to a... (more)

Why Creating Real-time Dashboards from Your Log Data Is a No-Brainer

I recently came across a blog post on OpenOpsIQ asking the question: "With the introduction of real-time logging, why cant we have a single solution for monitoring the entire stack?" In my opinion, you can! As we have seen lately from a survey we carried out across a sample of the Logentries' 25,000+ user base, organizations are starting to apply logs for a wider range of use cases. So why would you do this, and why does using log data to create real-time dashboards for different views into your system make so much sense? Here's a few reasons why I think creating dashboards from y... (more)

Logs to Metrics to JSON to Geckoboard

The world of log management and application performance monitoring are evolving and there is no longer a big distinction between the two. Up to even a year ago, many people in IT viewed logs as simply a means of identifying and tracking issues once they have occurred within their system. It was rare that people were using their logs for more than basic application event tracking and watching for exceptions. But over the last year I've seen huge growth in the adoption of utilizing machine generated logs for more advanced data capture. People now recognize the benefits of having im... (more)

What Is 'Real-Time' Anyway...?

I love a good buzzword...cloud, Big Data, analytics... And even more than the buzzwords, I love the liberties people tend to take applying these buzzwords to their new systems and services. Such buzzwords regularly get abused and often get washed into marketing material and product websites in an attempt to hoodwink and woo new unsuspecting customers. One of my (least) favorite buzzwords, that I've noticed popping up more recently in particular in the logging space is "real-time." So what does real-time mean anyway? Like with all good computer science questions, it really depend... (more)