Distributed tracing has been slowly gaining momentum and popularity since the public release of Zipkin by Twitter and thanks to standards such as OpenCensus and OpenTracing which have combined into OpenTelemetry. Many managed monitoring providers now support tracing, while the self-hosted community favourite is Jaeger.
Trace4Cats is both an application library for capturing traces and a partial tracing system aimed at aggregating, sampling and forwarding traces to monitoring systems.
This talk will give an overview of what distributed tracing is, how it works and how it can help you in production. Followed by an introduction to Trace4Cats, what sets it apart from other tracing libraries, how to use it and its integrations, and deployment topologies.