Launching our apps is just the first step; maintaining user satisfaction is the ongoing challenge. After releasing our apps in the store, our primary goal is ensuring this satisfaction by delivering a seamless and relevant experience. Yet, we often lack insights into issues some users may encounter. This underscores the necessity for tools that serve as our eyes, tracking pivotal user interactions and events. Why is monitoring vital? It helps in timely identification and even prediction of potential glitches, enabling us to address them before users report. While various tools offer these capabilities, this article will delve into Sentry, a renowned remote crash reporting tool, discussing its features and step-by-step implementation
The explanation will be divided into the following points:
🔹 What exactly Sentry is?
🔹 Getting started with Sentry implementation
🔹 Initiating the App Monitoring
🔹 Getting Familiar with the Sentry Dashboard
Let ‘s start!
What exactly Sentry is?
It’s an open-source tool designed to track errors within your applications. Sentry monitors any issues arising in your app, offering detailed insights that help prioritize, identify, and reproduce each problem, ensuring a swift and effective resolution. With this tool you can take action on broken lines of code, crashes, and failed API calls.
Getting started with Sentry implementation
To apply Sentry monitoring to your applications, you must do the following steps:
Step 1⃣: Create your Sentry account
Go to the Sentry site and click on the Get Started button, located at the top right of the page.
You can choose how to register:
- Directly with Sentry: You’ll find a form asking for basic personal information to complete your registration. (✍️ I will use this option for this article.)
- Via third-party accounts: At the bottom of the form you also have the option to register using your Google, Github, or Azure Devops accounts.
Step 2⃣: Setting up Sentry
After your account is created, a screen will pop up offering you the choice to install Sentry or set up your team. For now, we’ll concentrate on installing Sentry, please press its Start button.
Choosing the Platform to Monitor
In the next step, you must choose the platform you want to monitor. Sentry provides support for a wide variety, categorized by their main functionalities, such as Desktop, Web, Mobile, among others. The detailed list can be seen in the attached animation. To reach this article, you will navigate to the Mobile tab and select .NET Multiplatform App UI (MAUI).