OpenTelemetry in an IDE

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Alan Blount

Feb 21, 2024, 10:41:36 AMFeb 21
to, Deven Phillips
Deven showed us some OpenTelemetry (OT) awesomeness in Dec.
(Prometheus, Jaeger, and Graphana)

And I have been doing research on OT being used in an innner dev loop, running locally and showing you traces/spans as a part of the development process.

I have found only 1 example of this so far:

Even though I'm going through many docs and lists:

I'm sure this exists in other formats and ways, because it would be a very useful tool for development.  Ideally integrations into VSCode as the common functionality of the day, but possibly stand alone web apps or whatever... 

Any recommendations?

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Dave Campbell

Feb 21, 2024, 11:23:41 AMFeb 21
opentelemetry tooling is running locally (by definition - within the configured app) and the collectors can be run 'locally' as easily as they can be run further upstream.
beyond the collectors you then have your observability tool / vendor of choice.

having the IDE as the observability tool is pretty novel, imo.
i recall having a discussion several years ago with New Relic about this exact topic, but i see nothing in their arsenal except a VSCode plug-in to help with instrumentation.
i'll bet they simply gave up.

nothing prevents you from running prometheus / grafana 'local adjacent' as well - even in a container.
i demoed that last year sometime - in a configuration known as the TIG stack.

general OTEL layout:

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