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Monitoring Akka.NET with Datadog and Phobos: Tracing

In my previous post I started looking at how you can leverage Akka.NET's new Phobos product to start logging actor system metrics to Datadog. In this post I'm going to start taking that a little further by exploring the tracing functionality it offers as well. Similar to the metrics side, Phobos provides a flexible platform that supports a variety of tracing systems, such as Zipkin, Jaeger, Application Insights, and also the OpenTracing standard. I'm a…

Monitoring Akka.NET with Datadog and Phobos: Metrics

If you're here on my blog, you're probably well aware that I'm a fan of both Akka.NET and Datadog, and observability in general. In fact, I even blogged last year about creating my own Datadog sink for Akka.Monitoring (which is still available on NuGet and we still use it in production every day!). This scratched some of my itches in terms of getting visibility into my actor systems, but it still fell a little…

Styling Xamarin.Forms Apps with CSS

Some months ago a feature landed in Xamarin.Forms that seemed to truly polarize the Xamarin.Forms community: support for styling applications using CSS. Some argued that it was an unnecessary introduction to "Web" technology to the native development experience, and others that it simply isn't the right solution to the problem. While I sympathize with the latter opinion and think there's plenty of room for some good debate on the right path forward,…

Getting Started with Augmented Reality in iOS 11

Over the last several years augmented reality (AR) has become a hot topic across all platforms and technology sectors. Apple's release of iOS 11 included a new framework called ARKit that aims to make it easy for developers to add AR experiences into their apps without a lot of hassle or ceremony. While it's still a little limited in its initial form, Apple was still able to create an approachable framework for incorporating AR into apps,…