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Before giving a introduction about BugSnag, let me give a small definition about BugSnag. So, what is BugSnag? BugSnag is used to build an error free applications that efficiently monitors every application errors. It encourage you to wide number of steps to solve application errors caused at the time of developing them.


HOW TO SETUP A PROJECT WHILE WORKING BUGSNAG

For working efficiently with BugSnag error, it is necessary to Hire PHP Developers who is well versed and proficient enough to handle BugSnag error as they have huge capacity to save time with proper coding system while working on BugSnag.

Below here is an default example of BugSnag at the time when you are working on PHP environment:

/ duplicate the repo
git clone git@github.com:Whyounes/bugsnag_demo.git

cd bugsnag_demo

// reform dependencies
composer update

// relocate and seed the database
php artisan migrate && php artisan db:seed


HOW CAN YOU CREATE AN ACCOUNT ON BUGSNAG

Before working on BugSnag, we first need to create an account to create our own project. After creating an account, one needs to setup a project. Well here i will prefer talking about PHP environment:


Adding a BugSnag to the Project

1. You will come across a wide list of notifiers for different applications.
2. For this, you need to install notifier package.
3. since its demo applications are built on Laravel 4, you might need to use Laravel packages to setup a proper project.


Approaches  of working with your project with the help og BugSnag

1. Access bugsnag/bugsnag:2.* using Composer.
2. Access API keys of your projects from project dashboard > settings in Bugsnag’s control panel.
3. Then add it to your app/config/app.php.

// app/config/app.php

return array(
    // ...
    'bugsnag_api_key'   => 'YOUR KEY'
    // ...
);

Inside app/start/global.php, we bind and configure our Bugsnag client.

// app/start/global.php

App::singleton('bugsnag', function() {
    $bugsnag = new Bugsnag_Client( Config::get('app.bugsnag_api_key') );

    return $bugsnag;
});

// ...

Additionally, you can set a release stage with:
$bugsnag->setReleaseStage(App::environment());


After creating the Bugsnag client, it is essential to attach it to your error handler section. It also depends on how you manage your  exceptions inside your application that you have developed. On the other side, Laravel specifies fatal as well as error methodologies that works as an acceptance a callback handler, it is allowed to work with PHP’s set_exception_handler and set_error_handler.

// app/start/global.php

App::error(function($exception) {
    App::create('bugsnag')->notifyException($exception, null, "error");
});

App::fatal(function($exception) {
    App::create('bugsnag')->notifyException($exception, null, "error");
});


Attaching BugSnag directly to the PHP error and Exception Handlers.

$bugsnag = App::create('bugsnag');
// Error Handler
set_error_handler(array($bugsnag, 'errorHandler'));
// Exception Handler
set_exception_handler(array($bugsnag, 'exceptionHandler'));


How you can configure BugSnag?

1. Add user details to the error
2. Bugsnag sends the ID of your logged in user details  with error that is available by default. You can later change it:

// app/start/global.php

App::create('bugsnag')->setUser([
    'email' => Auth::check() ? Auth::user()->email : 'Visitor'
]);

By using setBeforeNotifyFunction, you can alter error object being sent to the server that easily works as callable function as a parameter:

// app/start/global.php

App::create('bugsnag')->setBeforeNotifyFunction(function($error) {
    $error->setMetaData([
        "user" => [
            "name" => Auth::check() ? Auth::user()->name : 'Visitor'
        ],
        "metrics" => [
            "Metric 1" => "Some data here"
        ]
    ]);
});


To avoid getting problem with its sensitive coding details, you can attach a list of advanced attributes that are often needed by you to enable a proper filtering process out to Bugsnag client instance. Next, the value will appear as a [FILTERED] on the dashboard.

// app/start/global.php
//define [FILTERED]

App::singleton('bugsnag', function() {
    $bugsnag = new Bugsnag_Client( Config::get('app.bugsnag_api_key') );
    $bugsnag->setFilters([
        'sign'
    ]);

    return $bugsnag;
});

// ...


BugSnag Dashboard

To work with a wide number of BugSnag components, you need to visit BugSnag dashboard. You can choose to work between INBOX view and TIMELINE property.

1.  Inbox property:   Deals with numerous number of errors to filter   out.
2. Timeline property:  Shows timeline graph page by clicking on it.


HOW TO GENERATE ERRORS

 If we are working with a wide number of users while we access various questions page that you can bring into use by requesting the same page ample of times, it will end up messing up with a huge number of errors dashboard with the same bug. If you have noticed the database while using the artisan db:seed command, then you definitely have faced a question assigned to any random user with an id of 10, that does not properly exist in dashboard:

How To Fix this error

Such errors can easily be fixed up by appending a  test before accessing your username property on the object.

// app/views/user/query.blade.php

// ...
{{ isset($query->user) ? $query->user->name : 'User removed' }}
//...


How to manage Filters

To somewhat deal with any kind of errors, Bugsnag offers us with an enormous set of filters to work efficiently on  data by gathering specific amount of details about the root cause of the problem.
Handling full number of filtering process is not that difficult if we perform it by selecting the particular amount of date range selector on the top filter bar.

But one of the best way to filter errors is by working with data such as users, error status, its severity and many other such features that are needed while working with BugSnag filters.  For better knowledge on this particular topic, you can refer to various BugSnag documentation procedures available via different modes for the list of supported filters. Apart from fixing BugSnag errors, Bugsnag parses wide number of error messages at the time of sending them. This process will help you to auto-complete your  searching terms for host-names, release stage, etc.

Working with Error Status

Error status are grouped into four group of errors:

1. OPEN
2. IN PROGRES
3. FIXED
4. SNOOZED
5. IGNORED

After selecting between these errors statuses, we change the error status accordingly on the top left side of the dashboard. Status:open is a by default BugSnag error that identifies all types of active errors.

Well, working with offshore PHP Programmer team is  good enough for PHP Developers as they posses huge amount of knowledge in all kind of associated technologies that comes under PHP sector.

Conclusion:-

BugSnag offers a fair amount of platform to easily work with error tracking process by saving time logs and a proper creation of script monitoring process.

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 11:48 PM php web development , hire php developers , offshore php development , PHP software Development | Back to top


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