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Welcome Armin Ronacher

We’ve been building Sentry the product for a while now, but we’ve only recently begun building Sentry the business. With the overwhelming adoption of both our open source and paid products, it’s become clear that we no longer have a little side project — It’s time to up our game.

Enter Armin Ronacher. Many of you may know Armin through his wildly popular Flask and Jinja projects as well as his presence in the Python community. Armin is a long-time colleague and friend. When he and I would talk about the future, it was clear that given the opportunity we could build something special together.

That’s why it’s my pleasure to officially welcome Armin to Sentry. Armin is a machine and brings a breadth of experience to the team, especially in areas where we want to grow. This is the beginning of something great and I hope you’re as excited as we are.

Sentry + Facepunch Studios

Culturally, the common thread at Sentry is gaming. More often than not we’ll close out a day by hopping on voice chat and firing up a game. Lately, that game has been Rust.

Rust is a multiplayer sandbox survival game for the PC, Mac, and Linux. It’s inspired by titles like DayZ and Minecraft in the sense that you must collect resources and craft items in order to progress. There’s no objectives, no storyline — just you and a world full of other players trying not to die.

We got word that the people behind Rust were using Sentry to prioritize their bug fixes. After recovering from hyperventilation and several high-five related injuries, we talked to Garry Newman, creator of Rust (and yes, Garry’s Mod) about his experience.

Culturally, the common thread at Sentry is gaming. More often than not we’ll close out a day by hopping on voice chat and firing up a game. Lately, that game has been Rust.

Read the full story in our Customer Spotlight with Facepunch Studios.

Announcing the Sentry API

Today we’re excited to introduce the Sentry API, which will help ops teams and developers integrate Sentry deeper into their workflows.

Although the API is in its early stages, it’s expanding rapidly. Here are a few things you can do right off the bat:

  • Retrieve/update an individual event
  • Retrieve/update/delete a group of events
  • List all events in a group
  • List all groups in a project
  • Bulk mutate a list of groups

For example, here’s how you might resolve everything after a deploy:

PUT /api/0/projects/{project_id}/groups/
{
  "status": "resolved"
}

For more examples, view the full API Documentation.

The Sentry API is the starting point for many things to come. We’re excited to see what you do with it.

Introducing Organizations

Historically, managing org structure, membership, and billing in Sentry has been a pain. Today we’re announcing several giant steps towards making this better.

The most significant of these changes is the introduction of Organizations. Organizations are a new parent entity that will encapsulate Teams and Projects. Organizations will now be where you manage membership and billing. We’ve also included a couple of new tools to increase visibility across your organization.

Billing and Membership

Billing and membership is now managed at the organization level. Teams across an organization will share a quota. This means admins can create new teams without having to setup an additional subscription.

Stats and Audit Log

To make it easier to see usage across your organization, we’ve included a basic Stats page:

Stats

We’ve also added a simple Audit Log to highlight important actions taken across your organization:

Audit Log

Simple member management

We’ve made a lot of progress towards simplifying our membership model. Some major changes:

Phasing out Access Groups in favor of Teams

Now that the complexities of Teams have been moved to the organization level, Access Groups no longer make sense. Although Access Groups will continue to function as before, you will no longer be able to create or modify them. Teams will replace the role of Access Groups from this point forward.

We’ve provided an Access Group Migration Tool to make this a snap.

No more Team Owner

There’s no longer a concept of ‘Team Owner.’ This is now handled on the organization level.

Action items

  • Rename your Organization - We generated these based on your team names and that is probably not ideal for everyone.
  • Rename your Teams - Teams no longer share a global namespace. Rename them to whatever you want.
  • Be aware of broken links - We unfortunately had to break most pre-existing URLs as part of this change. This means links in emails too. Sorry :(
  • Migrate your Access Groups to Teams

We’d be happy to assist you with any of these. Let us know if we can help.

State of the union: JavaScript Exceptions and Stacktraces

Watch our very own Matt Robenolt speak about the current state of javascript exceptions and stacktraces at this year’s JSConf.