Tracer Bullet Testing or Synthetic Transactions or Synthetic Monitoring is a way of testing your service/app in production where its supposed to run but without affecting users/clients/external systems.
In this post I will show how I recently set-up a multi-environment (Testing, Acceptance and Production) CI/CD pipeline to build my application in Azure DevOps but deploy to Azure AppService using Octopus with all the steps scripted using Cake.
Monitoring the health of your application in production is a crucial aspect of software development because at any given point in time, you want to be reasonably certain about how your business critical application is performing and you want to be alerted to any problems that might be brewing up in the application before your customers do.
Many articles talk about the what of this style but in my view, not enough talk about the how. In this post, I am going to try and show one way to actually structure the solution to be more in line with the hexagonal ports and adapters style.
…the whole business process can be divided into smaller asynchronous sub-processes with each one feeding i.e. “piping” its output into the input of the subsequent process(es). At each stage some processing is done for e.g. data enriching, filtering etc and this processing generically is termed as a “filter”.