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New Feature in Retrace: Application Scoring

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Stackify, a leader in application performance tools, is excited to announce App Scoring as part of the Retrace product suite. App Scoring expands on Retrace’s deep performance insights, combining many factors of an application’s performance into a single “letter grade” benchmark score. With the addition of this new metric, users of Retrace can now see at a glance how their …

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What’s New in Retrace: Java on Windows Support Now Available

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We are happy to announce the release of Java on Windows in Retrace! This latest Retrace release aims to provide first-class support for monitoring Java web applications and services running on Windows systems. Now all the Java APM features that you could use on Linux are now also available for Windows! In addition, the release supports the most commonly used …

Hiring ASP.NET Developers

ASP.NET Interview Questions: Tips for Hiring ASP.NET Developers

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There are hundreds of questions you could ask to determine a job candidate’s fit for an ASP.NET related position. Characteristics of a good candidate include high comfort level, skill level, and an in-depth understanding of essential and advanced development concepts. The interview questions below make a good primer for screening employees working in the .NET framework. That said, this list …

What is HockeyApp?

What is HockeyApp? How It Works, Key Features, and More

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HockeyApp is a service that allows developers to recruit and manage testers, distribute apps, and collect crash reports, among other things. It started out as a way to install beta apps on iOS devices, a process that Apple calls “ad hoc” distribution, or installing apps outside of the official App Store. From the words ad hoc, it was named Hockey. …

Software Deployment Tools

Top Software Deployment Tools: 25 Useful Tools to Streamline Software Delivery

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Software deployment tools make the process of distributing software and updates as easy as possible. Often, these tasks are automatic or scheduled to enable software developers to focus on what they do best – writing code. And the best tools work with a variety of platforms and types of infrastructures, making it easy to streamline your workflow in your preferred environment. …

PowerShell Commands Every Developer Should Know

PowerShell Commands Every Developer Should Know: 50+ Cmdlets for Getting Things Done, Monitoring Performance, Debugging

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Many developers love PowerShell, and for good reason: it adds power, functionality, and flexibility to the Windows Command Prompt, where many of us spend a good deal of time. It does, however, come with a bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve mastered the essential commands you need to know, it’s productivity on steroids. PowerShell commands are known as cmdlets, …

What is Agile Development?

What is Agile Methodology? How It Works, Best Practices, Tools

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Agile Methodology is a people-focused, results-focused approach to software development that respects our rapidly changing world. It’s centered around adaptive planning, self-organization, and short delivery times. It’s flexible, fast, and aims for continuous improvements in quality, using tools like Scrum and eXtreme Programming. How It Works It works by first admitting that the old “waterfall” method of software development leaves …

Software Metrics

What Are Software Metrics and How Can You Track Them?

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A software metric is a measure of software characteristics which are quantifiable or countable. Software metrics are important for many reasons, including measuring software performance, planning work items, measuring productivity, and many other uses. Within the software development process, there are many metrics that are all related to each other. Software metrics are related to the four functions of management: Planning, …

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What is Windows 10 Developer Mode? Benefits, Tools, Best Practices

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As developers, we pretty much live in “Developer Mode.” It is now possible to put Windows 10 in Developer Mode to improve testing Windows Store applications and improve the overall developer user experience of Windows 10. Developers like to build things and solve problems, and developer-focused solutions give us better access to the tools and environments we need to get …

How to Write Good Test Cases

Constructing Test Cases That Don’t Suck (and How to Avoid Common Mistakes)

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Software testing is a crucial component of the software development lifecycle. Without it, you could miss functionality issues or major usability flaws that end up frustrating your end users. But all test cases are not created equal. Writing high-quality, effective test cases is just as important as testing your applications. In fact, poor test cases can result in a testing …

Top 35 PaaS Providers

35 Leading PaaS Providers Offering Built-In Infrastructure and Scalability

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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) gives users with the platform and the environment for them to develop, manage, and run applications over the Internet.  PaaS takes away or lessens the complexities of building, maintaining, and enhancing the cloud infrastructure that developers need in order to develop and launch an app.  In other words, PaaS makes higher-level programming easy for web and software developers, and ultimately …

Mistakes Evaluating & Purchasing APM Software

Biggest Mistakes Companies Make When Evaluating & Purchasing APM Software

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The right Application Performance Management and Monitoring solution can make all the difference. Not only can APM tools make you more productive by drastically reducing the time it takes to find the root cause of performance issues, but comprehensive APM solutions include robust reporting, real-time monitoring and alerts, and more to let you know immediately when a performance issue arises …

Security Information and Event Management

Why Security Should be Top-of-Mind for Developers

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Because security is an increasing concern for developers, a new movement is emerging, known as DevSecOps, which encourages developers to bring security and standards to the forefront while building applications. That means there’s good reason to stay on top of security information and event management trends and best practices, as well as the solutions that support it. With that in mind, let’s …

What is ViewBag?

ViewBag 101: How It Works, When It’s Used, Code Examples, and More

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ViewBag is a property – considered a dynamic object – that enables you to share values dynamically between the controller and view within ASP.NET MVC applications. Let’s take a closer look at ViewBag, when it’s used, some limitations, and other possible options to consider. What is ViewBag? The Microsoft Developer Network writes that the ViewBag property allows you to share …

What is C# Reflection?

How C# Reflection Works With Code Examples

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Reflection is when managed code can read its own metadata to find assemblies. Essentially, it allows code to inspect other code within the same system. To illustrate, Java’s static typing system isn’t designed to support the “doSomething” method unless the object conforms to a known interface. But with reflection, your code can view the object and find out if it …

Thank You KCDC 2017

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We at Stackify wanted to thank everyone for stopping by our booth to celebrate 5 awesome years of defending developers! Our booth was decked out with gifts, balloons and Stackitron 8-bit swords by local artist, Juniper Tangpuz! We had an amazing time getting to meet hundreds of developers from all over the area while playing games and handing out cupcakes from Kansas …

What are OOP Concepts in C#?

OOP Concepts in C#: Code Examples and How to Create a Class

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Object oriented programming (OOP) is a programming structure where programs are organized around objects as opposed to action and logic. This is essentially a design philosophy that uses a different set of programming languages such as C#. Understanding OOP concepts can help make decisions about how you should design an application and what language to use. Everything in OOP is placed …

Hiring and Interviewing for DevOps Roles

Tips on Hiring and Interviewing for DevOps Roles

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The DevOps field has become increasingly competitive as dev leaders hone in on the specific skill sets they need to round out their teams. If you’re hiring for a DevOps position, it’s important to determine whether an applicant understands software development principles and methods and is the right fit for your organization. Let’s take a look at the current demand …

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How to Pass Config Values to Your Docker Containers with Environment Variables

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There are a lot of benefits when you’re running applications on Docker. For one, you don’t have to set up different development environments for each version of your application. For instance, if you’re creating a Maven and Java-based application and you’ret using Docker, you would need to install both Maven and JDK on your machine. But using Docker, you only …