Should developers build, buy or open source their own software?

Build It, Buy It, or Open Source: The Software Dilemma

Matt Watson Insights for Dev Managers

One problem that all developers and companies struggle with is trying to decide if they should “build it” or “buy it”. Software developers love to build things. That is what we do! Their natural reaction tends to lean towards building things. We are also always up for a new challenge. How do you know when you should build software or …

Performance counters in .NET Core

How to Use Performance Counters with .NET Core: Current Solution, Alternatives, and the Future

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Stackify Product & Company Updates

Performance counters are really important for monitoring and troubleshooting problems with your .NET applications. The full .NET Framework provides a wide array of performance counters that are very useful for troubleshooting application problems. Some examples of important performance counters are garbage collection and exception rates. Without these, you will be flying blind. In this article we will discuss how to …

Top Features of ASP.NET Core

Top 13 ASP.NET Core Features You Need to Know

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

ASP.NET is one of the most successful web application development frameworks by Microsoft. With every update, new and extended features are added that help developers deploy highly scalable and high-performance web applications. When coupled with application monitoring and other performance tools, such as a profiler, ASP.NET becomes a powerful solution for building incredible apps. Within the framework itself, there are …

How To Monitor Java Services with Retrace

How to Monitor Java Services – Performance, Errors, and more

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

In the real world, a lot of mission-critical business logic lives in background services. Buying something from an e-commerce website, like Amazon, kicks off a wide array of tasks that must be completed after you click to confirm your order. Monitoring the performance of your web applications is only part of the puzzle if you want to proactively ensure your …

Monitor Windows Services

How to Monitor Windows Services: Performance, Errors, Usage

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Popular

It seems like everyone these days is writing cool ASP.NET web applications. However, we all know that a lot of the real work is still done behind the scenes in background services. Buying something on Amazon no doubt kicks off a waterfall of tasks that are done behind the scenes to fulfill a single order. Including verifying stock, shipping, contacting …

ASP.NET crash

How to Troubleshoot an ASP.NET Crash & Analyze w3wp Crash Dumps

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Internet Information Services (IIS) uses a pool of worker processes (w3wp) to run ASP.NET web applications on Windows servers, but dealing with them crashing is no fun. The good news is, we are here to help provide you with resources on how to isolate and solve these issues, including how to identify crashes, capture crash dumps, and interpret them. Stackify …

Retrace now supports Azure WebJobs

How to Monitor Azure WebJobs: Performance, Errors, Usage

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Azure Cloud Services and App Service made it relatively easy to run web applications in the cloud. Developers still need a simple way to run tasks on a schedule at pre-defined  times or specific intervals . We commonly use simple console apps via the Windows Task Scheduler to handle these needs. WebJobs were released as part of Azure App Service …

How To Be a 10X Developer

10x Developers are Good at These 3 Things, and You Can Be Too

Matt Watson Developer Career Development, Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Nearly every software developer or programmer has encountered code written by someone else that proves the cliché “anyone can code.” But have you ever encountered the supposedly mythical “10x Developer?” Being a 10x developer has less to do with excelling at writing code and more to do with knowing exactly what code to write. Many of us began programming for …

Monitor Web Services with Retrace

How to Monitor Web Services Performance with Retrace

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Popular

Today’s applications depend on a wide array of 3rd party and internal web services. Retrace has always been able to monitor how often your code accesses any type of HTTP web services over REST, SOAP, etc. This includes popular external services like Twilio, SendGrid, Amazon S3, or others. It also would include your own microservices. In our latest version of …

Understand ROI of APM

6 Types of ROI for APM (Application Performance Management Tools)

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Popular

It has been said that nearly every business is now a software business in some form or another. That means that the reliability and performance of their software applications are critical to their success. Unfortunately, many application performance management (APM) tools have been very expensive and targeted at only large enterprises. The price of APM for 20 servers can range …

Get a A How to Guide for Developers

Web Performance Monitoring: A How to Guide for Developers

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

As developers, we would rather be writing code all day than doing anything else. Especially meetings or fighting production problems. Unfortunately, both are part of the job. All developers need to understand the basics of web performance monitoring. It won’t help you get out of meetings, but it will help prevent production fires and put them out faster. Although, I …

ASP.NET Issues

How to Troubleshoot ASP.NET Web Application Problems

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Troubleshooting application problems are never fun. We would much rather be writing code on some cool new project. In this article, we will cover some tips on how to troubleshoot ASP.NET web applications. ASP.NET troubleshooting topics: Is Your Web Application Returning Lots of Errors? Entire application is slow Troubleshooting a specific web request Is Your Web Application Returning Lots of …

Retrace Azure Functions

Azure Functions Performance Monitoring with Retrace

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Serverless computing is here, and I expect it to become really popular with developers over the next few years. At Stackify we are starting to take advantage of Azure Functions. As developers and a developer tool company, we know that it is still critical to monitor the performance of our application, even if it is deployed through a function-as-a-service platform …

tail logs across servers

How to Tail Logs Across Multiple Servers

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Application and server logs are the eyes and ears for most developers. Anytime there is a problem with software, the first thing developers want to see is the logs. Developers typically need access to multiple types of logs. Including logs directly from their application, but also logs from servers, web server access logs and more. Piecing this puzzle together across …

Monitor Your Code With Retrace

How to Use Retrace Tracked Functions to Monitor Your Code

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Stackify Product & Company Updates

Our goal at Stackify has always been to provide developers a simple way to monitor the performance of their applications. By default, Retrace tracks the performance of dozens of different common application dependencies and frameworks. This includes things like SQL databases, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Redis, external REST services, and much more. Full list of supported frameworks: .NET or Java But what …

Stackify ASP.Net Performance Monitoring

ASP.NET Performance Monitoring: A Developer’s How to Guide

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Popular

Monitoring hasn’t traditionally been designed for developers or applications. With the rise of cloud computing, PaaS and even serverless applications, developers need to be much more involved in application monitoring. Comprehensive ASP.NET performance monitoring requires monitoring your application multiple ways, from server CPU usage, identifying slow web requests, slow SQL queries, garbage collection metrics, and much more. In this guide, …

When and How To Use Custom Application Metrics

When & How to Use Custom Application Metrics

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Stackify Product & Company Updates

Software applications have the potential to create an amazing amount of data that can be used to monitor them and troubleshoot problems. Although, the most important things to monitor are not always performance related. Sometimes it makes sense to create custom metrics to help track the behavior or very specific performance issues. We use custom metrics at Stackify for a …