OpenTracing for End-to-End Distributed Tracing Training Course

Course Code



14 hours (usually 2 days including breaks)


  • An understanding of microservices architecture concepts.
  • Programming experience in any language.


  • Developers


This instructor-led, live training (online or onsite) is aimed at developers wishing to implement end-to-end distributed tracing to monitor microservices interactions in complex enterprise environments.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Install and configure OpenTracing-compatible tracing software.
  • Use distributed tracing to overcome the shortcomings of per-process logging and metric monitoring.
  • Reconstruct transaction history in complex systems.
  • Resolve issues related to microservice application performance and latency.
  • Deploy a distributed tracing system that is consistent across different platforms.

Format of the Course

  • Interactive lecture and discussion.
  • Lots of exercises and practice.
  • Hands-on implementation in a live-lab environment.

Course Customization Options

  • This course can be delivered for all languages supported by OpenTracing: Go, JavaScript, Java, Python, Ruby, PHP, Objective-C, C++, C#.
  • To request a customized training, please contact us to arrange.
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Course Outline


  • Networking and observability in distributed systems
  • The growing importance of distributed tracing instrumentation.

The Problem with Existing Tracing Solutions

  • Communication package maintenance, inconsistencies across platforms, etc.

How OpenTracing Standardizes Distributed Tracing

Setting up an OpenTracing Software

  • Jaeger, Zipkin, AppDash, etc.

Overview of OpenTracing Features and Architecture

  • OpenTracing API: Tracer and Span

The Tracing Process

  • Services, packages, application-specific business logic.
  • Transaction destiny, reference, type, timestamps, etc.

A 'Hello World' Example

Identifying a Misbehaving System

  • Analyzing Tags, Spans, Scope, Threads, and Logs
  • Determining "how" an error occurred

Debugging a Distributed System

  • Filtering performance monitoring
  • Analyzing service dependencies
  • Root cause analysis
  • Optimizing code

Configuring Environment Variables

  • Adjusting frequency of events

Case Study: Ensuring Compliance in Legacy Systems

Monitoring Live Environments

Integrating OpenTracing with RPC and other frameworks

  • Server-side and client-side tracing

Best Practices


Summary and Conclusion

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