opentelemetry-specification VS opentelemetry-js

Compare opentelemetry-specification vs opentelemetry-js and see what are their differences.


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7.3 9.4
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Apache License 2.0 Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of opentelemetry-specification. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-06-02.


Posts with mentions or reviews of opentelemetry-js. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-04-29.
  • Deno 1.33: Deno 2 is coming
    4 projects | | 29 Apr 2023
  • Observable front-end applications - an open source product experiment
    2 projects | /r/indiehackers | 26 Mar 2023
    Can it be integrated with Grafana Faro or OpenTelemetry?
  • Logs and tracing: not just for production, local development too
    4 projects | | 11 Nov 2021
    4. Register automatic instrumentations. For example, you can automatically trace all XHR requests, fetch requests, page loads, and user interactions. With distributed tracing, you should always prefer automatic instrumentation whenever possible to reduce maintenance and leverage existing conventions. The document load instrumentation allows you to treat the server as the parent span to a given page load, from which the client will then be the root span to everything in the server. This is an extremely powerful concept that allows traces to viewed from the perspective of the user, encapsulating all requests and user interactions in a single trace with no manual instrumentation!

    We also trialed Sentry's APM tool (also marketed as a distributed tracing tool). While it had pretty charts, dashboards, niceties like core web vitals, and integrated well with Sentry's error product, its utility as a distributed tracing tool is significantly less powerful than tools like Honeycomb. You will end up using a large amount of your user's bandwidth sending telemetry data that can't fully be leveraged in the Sentry UI. When I last used (in April 2021), the spans of a given trace could only be viewed in a specific part the UI and they couldn't be searched for in queries or used in charts. I'm unsure if this has been updated. But this is not the worse part. Because Sentry uses its own data model for traces, it is not compatible with open source standards such as OpenTelemetry or OpenTracing! The sales team will not tell you this during the trial. This means our entire backend, which was already instrumented with OpenTracing, would now also need to instrument Sentry's tracing (...if they supported the language) in order to connect frontend traces to backend traces. Each team I met with their sales team, I said the same thing: support OpenTelemetry, otherwise you are asking for us to further isolate our backend and frontend teams.

    It looks like they have heard this opinion, as they have recently published a blog post about the evolution of the distributed tracing API, citing incompatibility with OpenTelemetry due to their data model. It will require a very large change for them to support this. Meanwhile, OpenTelemetry can be used with any tracing vendor, a large number of languages, the other major instrumentation standards (OpenTracing, OpenCensus), and any trace propagation format.

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  • Monitoring consumer lag in Azure Event Hub
    2 projects | | 30 Sep 2021
    Consumer lag will quickly show any functional or technical issue with your event stream. By using the code examples from this blogpost, you can avoid having to dive into the SDKs yourself. Of course, you can adopt the metric collection to send the metric to the logs or to another metrics system like prometheus, datadog, or open telemetry.
  • Any good tutorial showing you which library to use for dependency injection in a project?
    9 projects | /r/node | 29 Aug 2021
    I would work on getting Open Telemetry pointed at an “all-in-one” Jaegar instance and move on from there: Various cloud providers may have a way to collect/view traces as well, but, Jaegar and the Open Telemetry Collector are the open source way to do that. The projects are in the process of converging in some ways — everything is in flux.
  • Distributed Tracing 101 for Full Stack Developers
    3 projects | | 12 Aug 2021
    OpenTelemetry is a collection of open source tools, APIs, and SDKs for instrumenting, generating, and exporting telemetry data from running software. It provides language-specific implementations for most popular programming languages, including both browser JavaScript and Node.js.
  • OpenTelemetry kafkajs instrumentation for Node.js
    3 projects | /r/apachekafka | 5 Aug 2021
    Compatible with SDK v0.24.0
  • Running Jaeger Locally: How to Get Started
    4 projects | | 8 Jul 2021
    If you are writing a new instrumentation library, observing the tracing output in a UI can be much easier than browsing through textual logs. You can browse the JS instrumentation package for more info and examples.
  • Setting up application monitoring for your Nodejs app in 20 mins with open source solution
    3 projects | | 8 Jun 2021
    SigNoz supports OpenTelemetry as the primary way for users to instrument their application. OpenTelemetry is a single, vendor-agnostic instrumentation library per language with support for both automatic and manual instrumentation. You don't need to worry about instrumentation in this tutorial. OpenTelemetry comes with all currently available instrumentation.
  • OpenTelemetry KafkaJS Instrumentation for Node.js
    2 projects | | 10 Mar 2021
    OpenTelemetry is a CNCF project, which, among other things, enables the collection of distributed traces.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing opentelemetry-specification and opentelemetry-js you can also consider the following projects:

Sentry - Developer-first error tracking and performance monitoring

zipkin - Zipkin is a distributed tracing system

pino - 🌲 super fast, all natural json logger

Hangfire - An easy way to perform background job processing in .NET and .NET Core applications. No Windows Service or separate process required

Serilog - Simple .NET logging with fully-structured events

otel-with-apache-pulsar - Example of application that produces and consumes events to/from Apache Pulsar. Traces from the transactions are captured using OpenTelemetry and sent to Elastic Observability.

prom-client - Prometheus client for node.js

PostHog - 🦔 PostHog provides open-source product analytics, session recording, feature flagging and a/b testing that you can self-host.

signoz - SigNoz is an open-source APM. It helps developers monitor their applications & troubleshoot problems, an open-source alternative to DataDog, NewRelic, etc. 🔥 🖥. 👉 Open source Application Performance Monitoring (APM) & Observability tool

InversifyJS - A powerful and lightweight inversion of control container for JavaScript & Node.js apps powered by TypeScript.