Introducing Squash: The open-source exception notification tool
Squash is a web app and collection of client libraries that records exceptions
in your code, and gives you the tools you need to analyze and fix the bugs that
caused those exceptions. The main emphasis is finding someone who can take
responsibility for the bug and notifying him or her, keeping the signal-to-noise
ratio very high.
We wrote Squash to make it as fast and easy as possible for you to find and fix
bugs that happen in production. For example, Squash uses
git blame to make a
"best guess" at which engineer can most likely fix a bug, and then notifies only
that engineer (and not your entire development team).
Eliminates useless pages and email overload
Squash does not open a new bug for every exception that comes in. Rather, Squash
attempts to group exceptions into bugs that share the same root cause. Two
exceptions may be completely different, but if Squash thinks they share the same
root cause, they will be aggregated under the same bug. Everything in Squash is
focused around fixing bugs, not sifting through lists of exceptions.
Makes it faster and more obvious to find a root cause
Once you've been notified of a bug, you can use Squash's analysis and
aggregation tools to deconstruct what happened. Did this bug start only after a
certain deploy? Does it happen only on certain mobile devices? Does the
hash contain unserializable objects?
Keeps everything in one place
For more difficult bugs, Squash has a suite of collaboration tools, like
commenting, assigning, and resolving bugs. There are lots of other features:
Squash can symbolicate iOS stack traces, de-obfuscate Java traces, and
Squash is easy to set up. To learn more, watch this screencast: