Go Agent Release Notes

Go Agent Release Notes

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 16:00 Download

2.6.0

New Features

  • Added support for async: the ability to instrument multiple concurrent goroutines, or goroutines that access or manipulate the same Transaction.

    The new Transaction.NewGoroutine() Transaction method allows transactions to create segments in multiple goroutines!

    NewGoroutine returns a new reference to the Transaction. This must be called any time you are passing the Transaction to another goroutine which makes segments. Each segment-creating goroutine must have its own Transaction reference. It does not matter if you call this before or after the other goroutine has started.

    All Transaction methods can be used in any Transaction reference. The Transaction will end when End() is called in any goroutine.

    Example passing a new Transaction reference directly to another goroutine:

    go func(txn newrelic.Transaction) {
        defer newrelic.StartSegment(txn, "async").End()
        time.Sleep(100 * time.Millisecond)
    }(txn.NewGoroutine())
    

    Example passing a new Transaction reference on a channel to another goroutine:

    ch := make(chan newrelic.Transaction)
    go func() {
        txn := <-ch
        defer newrelic.StartSegment(txn, "async").End()
        time.Sleep(100 * time.Millisecond)
    }()
    ch <- txn.NewGoroutine()
    
  • Added integration support for aws-sdk-go and aws-sdk-go-v2.

    When using these SDKs, a segment will be created for each out going request. For DynamoDB calls, these will be Datastore segments and for all others they will be External segments.

    • v1 Documentation
    • v2 Documentation

    • Added span event and transaction trace segment attribute configuration. You may control which attributes are captured in span events and transaction trace segments using the Config.SpanEvents.Attributes and Config.TransactionTracer.Segments.Attributes settings. For example, if you want to disable the collection of "db.statement" in your span events, modify your config like this:

    cfg.SpanEvents.Attributes.Exclude = append(cfg.SpanEvents.Attributes.Exclude,
        newrelic.SpanAttributeDBStatement)
    

    To disable the collection of all attributes from your transaction trace segments, modify your config like this:

    cfg.TransactionTracer.Segments.Attributes.Enabled = false
    

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that would prevent External Segments from being created under certain error conditions related to Cross Application Tracing.

Miscellaneous

  • Improved linking between Cross Application Transaction Traces in the APM UI. When Config.CrossApplicationTracer.Enabled = true, External segments in the Transaction Traces details will now link to the downstream Transaction Trace if there is one. Additionally, the segment name will now include the name of the downstream application and the name of the downstream transaction.

  • Update attribute names of Datastore and External segments on Transaction Traces to be in line with attribute names on Spans. Specifically:

    • "uri" => "http.url"
    • "query" => "db.statement"
    • "database_name" => "db.instance"
    • "host" => "peer.hostname"
    • "port_path_or_id" + "host" => "peer.address"
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 15:00 Download

2.5.0

  • Added support for New Relic Browser using the new BrowserTimingHeader method on the Transaction which returns a BrowserTimingHeader. The New Relic Browser JavaScript code measures page load timing, also known as real user monitoring. The Pro version of this feature measures AJAX requests, single-page applications, JavaScript errors, and much more! Example use:
func browser(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
    hdr, err := w.(newrelic.Transaction).BrowserTimingHeader()
    if nil != err {
        log.Printf("unable to create browser timing header: %v", err)
    }
    // BrowserTimingHeader() will always return a header whose methods can
    // be safely called.
    if js := hdr.WithTags(); js != nil {
        w.Write(js)
    }
    io.WriteString(w, "browser header page")
}
  • The Go agent now collects an attribute named request.uri on Transaction Traces, Transaction Events, Error Traces, and Error Events. request.uri will never contain user, password, query parameters, or fragment. To prevent the request's URL from being collected in any data, modify your Config like this:
cfg.Attributes.Exclude = append(cfg.Attributes.Exclude, newrelic.AttributeRequestURI)
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 15:00 Download

2.4.0 Notes

  • Introduced Transaction.Application method which returns the Application that started the Transaction. This method is useful since it may prevent having to pass the Application to code that already has access to the Transaction. Example use:
txn.Application().RecordCustomEvent("customerOrder", map[string]interface{}{
    "numItems":   2,
    "totalPrice": 13.75,
})
  • The Transaction.AddAttribute method no longer accepts nil values since our backend ignores them.
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 15:00 Download

2.3.0 Notes

  • Added support for Echo in the new nrecho package.

  • Introduced Transaction.SetWebResponse(http.ResponseWriter) method which sets the transaction's response writer. After calling this method, the Transaction may be used in place of the http.ResponseWriter to intercept the response code. This method is useful when the http.ResponseWriter is not available at the beginning of the transaction (if so, it can be given as a parameter to Application.StartTransaction). This method will return a reference to the transaction which implements the combination of http.CloseNotifier, http.Flusher, http.Hijacker, and io.ReaderFrom implemented by the ResponseWriter. Example:

func setResponseDemo(txn newrelic.Transaction) {
    recorder := httptest.NewRecorder()
    txn = txn.SetWebResponse(recorder)
    txn.WriteHeader(200)
    fmt.Println("response code recorded:", recorder.Code)
}
  • The Transaction's http.ResponseWriter methods may now be called safely if a http.ResponseWriter has not been set. This allows you to add a response code to the transaction without using a http.ResponseWriter. Example:
func transactionWithResponseCode(app newrelic.Application) {
       txn := app.StartTransaction("hasResponseCode", nil, nil)
       defer txn.End()
       txn.WriteHeader(200) // Safe!
}
  • The agent will now collect environment variables prefixed by NEW_RELIC_METADATA_ and KUBERNETES_SERVICE_HOST. These will be added to Transaction events to provide context between your Kubernetes cluster and your services. For details on the benefits (currently in beta) see this blog post

  • The agent now collects the fully qualified domain name of the host and local IP addresses for improved linking with our Infrastructure product.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 11:00 Download

2.2 Notes

  • The Transaction parameter to NewRoundTripper and StartExternalSegment is now optional: If it is nil, then a Transaction will be looked for in the request's context (using FromContext). Passing a nil transaction is STRONGLY recommended when using NewRoundTripper since it allows one http.Client.Transport to be used for multiple transactions. Example use:
client := &http.Client{}
client.Transport = newrelic.NewRoundTripper(nil, client.Transport)
request, _ := http.NewRequest("GET", "http://example.com", nil)
request = newrelic.RequestWithTransactionContext(request, txn)
resp, err := client.Do(request)
  • Introduced Transaction.SetWebRequest(WebRequest) method which marks the transaction as a web transaction. If the WebRequest parameter is non-nil, SetWebRequest will collect details on request attributes, url, and method. This method is useful if you don't have access to the request at the beginning of the transaction, or if your request is not an *http.Request (just add methods to your request that satisfy WebRequest). To use an *http.Request as the parameter, use the NewWebRequest transformation function. Example:
var request *http.Request = getInboundRequest()
txn.SetWebRequest(newrelic.NewWebRequest(request))
  • Fixed Debug in nrlogrus package. Previous versions of the New Relic Go Agent incorrectly logged to Info level instead of Debug. This has now been fixed. Thanks to @paddycarey for catching this.

  • nrgin.Transaction may now be called with either a context.Context or a *gin.Context. If you were passing a *gin.Context around your functions as a context.Context, you may access the Transaction by calling either nrgin.Transaction or FromContext. These functions now work nicely together. For example, FromContext will return the Transaction added by nrgin.Middleware. Thanks to @rodriguezgustavo for the suggestion.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 12:10 Download

2.1.0 New

Go Agent now supports distributed tracing

Distributed tracing lets you see the path that a request takes as it travels through your distributed system. By showing the distributed activity through a unified view, you can troubleshoot and understand a complex system better than ever before.

Distributed tracing is available with an APM Pro or equivalent subscription. To see a complete distributed trace, you need to enable the feature on a set of neighboring services. Enabling distributed tracing changes the behavior of some New Relic features, so carefully consult the transition guide before you enable this feature.

To enable distributed tracing, set the following fields in your config. Note that distributed tracing and cross application tracing cannot be used simultaneously.

  config := newrelic.NewConfig("Your Application Name", "__YOUR_NEW_RELIC_LICENSE_KEY__")
  config.CrossApplicationTracer.Enabled = false
  config.DistributedTracer.Enabled = true

Please refer to the distributed tracing section of the guide for more detail on how to ensure you get the most out of the Go agent's distributed tracing support.

New distributed trace calls/functions

Added functions NewContext and FromContext for adding and retrieving the Transaction from a Context. Handlers instrumented by WrapHandle, WrapHandleFunc, and nrgorilla.InstrumentRoutes may use FromContext on the request's context to access the Transaction. Thanks to @caarlos0 for the contribution! Though NewContext and FromContext require Go 1.7+ (when context was added), RequestWithTransactionContext is always exported so that it can be used in all framework and library instrumentation.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 12:10 Download

2.0.0 New

  • The End() functions defined on the Segment, DatastoreSegment, and ExternalSegment types now receive the segment as a pointer, rather than as a value. This prevents unexpected behaviour when a call to End() is deferred before one or more fields are changed on the segment.

    In practice, this is likely to only affect this pattern:

    defer newrelic.DatastoreSegment{
      // ...
    }.End()
    

    Instead, you will now need to separate the literal from the deferred call:

    ds := newrelic.DatastoreSegment{
      // ...
    }
    defer ds.End()
    

    When creating custom and external segments, we recommend using newrelic.StartSegment() and newrelic.StartExternalSegment(), respectively.

  • Added GoDoc badge to README. Thanks to @mrhwick for the contribution!

  • Config.UseTLS configuration setting has been removed to increase security. TLS will now always be used in communication with New Relic Servers.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 09:10 Download

New Features

  • Added support for Cross Application Tracing (CAT). Please refer to the upgrading section of the guide for more detail on how to ensure you get the most out of the Go agent's new CAT support.

  • The agent now collects additional metadata when running within Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. This information is used to provide an enhanced experience when the agent is deployed on those platforms.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 04:22 Download

New

  • Added new RecordCustomMetric method to Application. This functionality can be used to track averages or counters without using custom events. See Custom Metric Documentation
  • Fixed import needed for logrus. The import Sirupsen/logrus had been renamed to sirupsen/logrus. Thanks to @alfred-landrum for spotting this.
  • Added ErrorAttributer, an optional interface that can be implemented by errors provided to Transaction.NoticeError to attach additional attributes. These attributes are subject to attribute configuration.
  • Added Error, a type that allows direct control of error fields.
  • Updated license to address scope of usage.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 10:20 Download

New

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 15:31 Download

Notes

  • Fixed incorrect metric rule application when the metric rule is flagged to terminate and matches but the name is unchanged.

  • Segment.End(), DatastoreSegment.End(), and ExternalSegment.End() methods now return an error which may be helpful in diagnosing situations where segment data is unexpectedly missing.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:59 Download

Notes

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 07:45 Download

Notes

  • Added support for custom error messages and stack traces. Errors provided to Transaction.NoticeError will now be checked to see if they implement ErrorClasser and/or StackTracer. Thanks to @fgrosse for this proposal.

  • Added support for pkg/errors. Thanks to @fgrosse for this work.

  • Fixed tests for Go 1.8.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 11:00 Download

Notes

  • Added support for slow query traces. Slow datastore segments will now generate slow query traces viewable on the datastore tab. These traces include a stack trace and help you to debug slow datastore activity.

  • Added new DatastoreSegment fields ParameterizedQuery, QueryParameters, Host, PortPathOrID, and DatabaseName. These fields will be shown in transaction traces and in slow query traces.

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 09:40 Download

Notes

  • Added a timeout parameter to the Application.Shutdown method.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 03:30 Download

Notes

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 12:00 Download

Notes

  • Added support for Transaction Traces.

  • Stack trace filenames have been shortened: Any thing preceding the first /src/ is now removed.

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 12:00 Download

Notes

  • Removed BetaToken from the Config structure.

  • Breaking Datastore change: datastore package contents moved to top level newrelic package. datastore.MySQL has become newrelic.DatastoreMySQL.

  • Breaking Attributes change: attributes package contents moved to top level newrelic package. attributes.ResponseCode has become newrelic.AttributeResponseCode. Some attribute name constants have been shortened.

  • Added "runtime.NumCPU" to the environment tab. Thanks sergeylanzman for the contribution.

  • Prefixed the environment tab values "Compiler", "GOARCH", "GOOS", and "Version" with "runtime."