How we named Prefix: It was a little hairy

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  Naming things is hard—unless it’s a dog or a kid. That’s easy (apparently)! A brand or product name is a totally different kind of anxiety. Creating the product is comparatively easy. This is the story of the name that almost won, how it came to be, and how it continues to live exactly where it should—in the dark recesses of our code. …

List of .NET Profilers: 3 different types and why you need all of them

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.NET Profilers are a developer’s best friend when it comes to optimizing application performance. They are especially critical when doing low level CPU and memory optimizations. But did you know that there are three different types of profilers? Traditional .NET profilers that track process memory usage, time spent per line of code and frequency of method calls. Lightweight profilers or other …

Alleviate Rush Hour Traffic in your Browser

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Every morning I get up early, get on the highway and drive into work. There may be a little snag through the Grandview triangle (it’s kind of like KC’s version of the Bermuda Triangle), but it’s usually just a 20 minute drive if I leave at 7:00 a.m. After 7:30 a.m., that drive turns into an hour as fours times the commuters enter the triangle. …

Exit the Orbit of Application Obscurity

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Between the “experience economy” and “software eating the world,” all successful companies of the future will be communication/software companies. Fortunately, I’m a communication strategist that works for a software company. #futureproofed In the past four years, Stackify has been a productive company. We’ve built applications that help developers keep their code on a tight leash (i.e. make their code visible …

Using LINQPad for Rapid Performance Prototyping

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Here at Stackify, there is an ethos that you will find common to every member of the engineering teams: we love building software. By the same token, we love developer tools that make building software faster, easier, more fun, more accurate, etc. One of those indispensable tools is Joseph Albahari’s LINQPad, which as it turns out, is handy for all kinds …

Stackify stopped by the MS Dev Show

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Are you a fan of the MS Dev Show? We sure are, especially this latest episode. Our very own Matt Watson sat down with Jason and Carl to talk about all sorts of stuff, including a deep dive on Prefix, the free new application profiling tool. Big things are happening in the developer world. You can also get the podcast …

Cleaner Code with Static Factory Methods

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A classic creational design pattern from the gang of four is the factory method pattern. Examples of this pattern typically involve a factory class that constructs objects of a different type. The objects that are created are usually implementations of an interface. This pattern provides a layer between consumption (the caller) and creation (the factory). An additional benefit is that the …

5 Hidden Performance Problems for ASP.NET

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  Stackify founder and ASP.NET performance expert Matt Watson shares his expertise around five common ASP.NET performance problems. Learn how to identify and fix these elusive problems in your own apps and immediately improve your app’s performance! Watch the video from last week’s webinar. The deck is available here: http://www.slideshare.net/mwatson81/5-hidden-performance-problems-for-aspnet  

Our Shiny New Object is Out—App Developers are Loving It!

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  Developers are loving Prefix, our hot new app. In fact, tech superstar Scott Hanselman emailed us after checking it out and said, “this is hot!” So, there you go. Stackify hosted two live web events and within hours we had hundreds of new users. If you haven’t seen it, Prefix is a slick, super-profiling sidekick for .NET developers (Java is close behind). Prefix lets …

Prefix Tips and Tricks

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We’ve been getting some great feedback about our new Prefix tool. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, get it here. We’ve been using this tool as we build our Stackify product and want to share a few Prefix tips and tricks that you may or may not have picked up as you are using it. Watch the video for step-by-step detail. We’ve summarized …

Live Web Event—Introducing Free New Dev Tool!

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Hello developer. You’ve spent your career building shiny objects for other people, and now it’s time one was build for you. “Can it be free?” you ask. Absolutely! We wouldn’t have it any other way. Introducing Prefix: a free, slick, super-profiling sidekick for .NET developer workstations. You’ll never build applications the same way again. At Stackify, we built Prefix for developers …