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Using Event and Log Data to Assure Security and Compliance

All the way back in 2007, security industry analyst and expert Dr. Larry Ponemon of the eponymous institute wrote for Network World that “data breaches are a pervasive problem for most organizations in the United States today.” Nobody is prepared to argue that this situation…

Moving away from MVC

In of all my years as a software engineer, trying new libraries, frameworks and paradigms has been such a pleasure especially in web development. Even before the well known javascript libraries, web development was based on backend apps which render heavy html code within css…

Avoid These Things When Logging From Your Application

It seems almost strange to talk about avoiding things while logging.  After all, logging is your last line of defense or your salvation in many cases.  Some crazy bug in the field that shows up every third full moon?  An external auditor looking at your…

Designing Data Access Object (DAO) Layer

Overview / Motivation A key part in moving the creation of a product from custom craftsmanship to a repeatable engineering process is the construction of a modular system with decoupling of its components, as well as these components being easily adaptable to inevitable changes. In this…

Get your work done even faster with the Logentries REST API

Now you can get your work done even faster by automating tasks with the Logentries REST API. With the ability to programmatically query data, manage users, create alerts and integrate third party tools, it’s now easier to finish the job and get on with…

Hashing Infrastructures

Engineers in fast moving, medium to large scale infrastructures in the cloud are often faced with the challenge of bringing up systems in a repeatable, fast and scalable way. There are currently tools which aid engineers in accomplishing this task e.g. Convection, Terraform, Saltstack,…

Logging the Lights in Your Home

It’s all the rage these days under the general heading of “Internet of Things” (IoT), but I have been a home automation enthusiast for more than 10 years now.  In the interceding time, I’ve done experiments and written about the subject.  I even…

4 Potential Security Issues Raised By Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is a phenomenon. The game is objectively a success and has been breaking mobile gaming records almost weekly. The game’s current success is without being open in some significant markets and it shows no signs of slowing. It is important to remind…

3 Ways to Improve Your Code Testing

I am a big fan of Test Driven Development (TDD). I drank the kool-aid a while back and have not had a regret since. When I sling code, I am always writing a test, or writing against a test. That’s how I’m built.…

Integrating Logentries with OpsGenie: 3 Easy Steps

Real-time alerts are only as good as their ability to successfully reach their intended audience. If an alert recipient only checks email once every several hours, email alerts would not be well suited for real-time notification. It’s for this reason that Logentries makes it…

Exporting Logentries data with Leexportpy

Leexportpy, the Logentries utility that exports your log data to 3rd parties, has built-in support for various services such as Kafka, Geckoboard and Hosted Graphite. Without any modification to the current code, you can use these services to extract your Logentries data. To begin, make…

What exactly is an Event-loop?

“The price of reliability is the pursuit of the utmost simplicity” – C.A.R Hoare Rather than doing another all-out performance post, I’ll look at some aspects of asynchronous I/O today instead: what it is at a high level, what it isn’t…

Introduction to the Logentries Command Line Interface

The Logentries Command Line Interface (CLI) allows you to both manage and use your Logentries service right from the command line. The CLI is built on the Logentries REST APIs and provides a tool to interact directly with the Logentries service outside of the UI.…

Using Logentries With Angular v1.5

The post assumes at least a basic knowledge of Angular.  Angular is a very opinionated framework so make sure you have some experience with Angular before following the instructions presented below. Logentries can integrate into whatever Javascript framework you want to use.  Previously, we examined…

Top 5 Questions from the July Walkthrough Webinar

July Walkthrough Webinar was broadcasted & recorded on July 14th 2016. This broadcast included a Logentries demonstration and live Q&A. Below is a sample of some of the questions asked by the audience following the demonstration. To try out the features mentioned below…