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Which CSS Preprocessor Should You Choose? With the growing number of CSS Preprocessors like LESS, Sass, Turbine, Stylus andSwith CSS to name a few, it's hard to decide which to choose for your project, and which will provide the best CSS authoring. Rather than focus on evaluating every CSS Preprocessor (that would simply take too long), we will focus on the two most commonly used in the industry: Sass and LESS. We will provide a comparison on important deciding factors, like installation, features, and similarities & differences, to help you decide which is the best choice. Before we begin comparing... If you don't know much about CSS Preprocessors, I would recommend you first read this article: Ten Reasons You Should be Using a CSS Preprocessor to understand how they can make your life easier. Installation Let's start with the first fundamental step, installation.... (more)

JSON Logging in Apache and Nginx with Logentries

I'm often asked on calls with our customers what is the preferred format for log data being sent to Logentries. While we pride ourselves on being the Log Management tool that is easiest to setup and use, some very important advanced features of the platform are available for logs that are formatted into Key Value Pair (KVP) or JSON. Most applications and programing languages have the ability to change their logging format. With a little bit of work, you can unlock the full potential of our advancedsearch functions. Below we'll discuss configuring Apache and Nginx both to send J... (more)

Let the Logs do the Talking

You are on top of your game. You have a log analysis tool churning logs from all your applications and infrastructure. And now that you have data (LOTS and lots of data...), you are able to understand your infrastructure better than you ever did before. You might even build a dashboard or two that tells you what is going on with your IOPS and utilization, at a glance. But when it comes time to explain system status or configurations to everyone else in the organization you get stuck. Stuck and frustrated that your time is being taken away from tasks that need to get done. Did you... (more)

How to Find and Solve Your Application Bottlenecks

Rafael Botbol is the head of DevOps at BlazeMeter, which does performance testing and monitoring for mobile and web apps.  Here's a familiar scene: You've finished developing your application or a neat new feature and you've created the right system logs for new capabilities. You're confident that if something breaks, you can easily spot the errors and overcome them efficiently. However, you're still leaving the inevitable discovery of errors on production to quite literally the last minute. For example: if Black Friday is around the corner and you're anticipating an influx of us... (more)

What Is JSON? By @TrevParsons | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Three Common Problems Solved With JSON One of the most common questions we get asked by customers is: “What’s the best way to log my data?” My answer is always: "log using JSON format wherever possible.” The next question we often get asked – (but not as much)… Yeah JSON, …Hmmm, what is JSON again? So JSON is: So JSON is: JavaScript Object Notation. But put simply, this is a way that data can be stored in a structured format, where each piece of data will usually have an identifier (known as a key) and a value (which can be in multiple formats). It also can have a nested structure... (more)