the Future of Observability for .NET Applications

Thursday February 16th, 2023 @ 5:30 PM
Aaron Stannard
SmartDraw Software


OpenTelemetry is the future of observability and application performance monitoring (APM) in .NET and all other major runtimes (NodeJS, Go, Java, etc.) OpenTelemetry is even embedded directly into the base class libraries of .NET through the System.Diagnostics.Activity namespace.

So how can we take advantage of this in our applications in order to provide useful dashboards for monitoring them and detailed traces for discovering how our software behaved dynamically at run-time? In this talk we explore OpenTelemetry’s concepts, explain how the OTel implementation works in .NET, and demonstrate how to use the syntax and NuGet packages quickly and easily inside your own applications.

Food / Drinks

Food and drinks will be provided! Please contact us (on meetup) if you have any dietary restrictions/food allergies.

Directions and Parking Instructions

Meeting will be held in the offices of SmartDraw Software, 1780 Hughes Landing Blvd #1100 on the 11th floor.

Enter through the main doors of the building and take the elevator to the 11th floor; the door to SmartDraw’s suite is in the elevator lobby on the 11th floor.

If you arrive at 1780 Hughes Landing after 6pm a member of the SmartDraw team will help you enter the building then travel up to the 11th floor.


Park in the garage directly opposite. You’ll need to take a ticket to enter but there is no fee to leave - parking is free.

Aaron Stannard

Aaron Stannard is the CEO and founder of Petabridge, where he makes distributed programming for .NET developers easy by working on Akka.NET, NBench, and dozens of other OSS projects.

Aaron also just recently founded Sdkbin - think NuGet meets the App Store, to help OSS and .NET developers build sustainable businesses around their work.

Prior to Petabridge Aaron founded MarkedUp Analytics, a real-time in-app marketing and analytics service used by 1000+ developers to track real-time Windows Store app usage and send targeted push notifications to users based on in-app behavior. Prior to that Aaron worked at Microsoft as a Startup Developer Evangelist.

Last Updated: February 1st, 2023