Entity Framework Core Tutorial

Simon Timms Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Who doesn’t love a little bit of data access? Most line-of-business applications are built over some sort of data storage, and nine times out of ten it is a relational database. SQL has a long and distinguished pedigree dating back to some time in the 1980s. Unfortunately, relational data doesn’t match the way we use it in object-oriented languages. To …

NLog vs log4net vs Serilog: Compare .NET Logging Frameworks

Simon Timms Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Logging information in .NET, or really in any production application, is invaluable. In many cases, developers don’t have direct access to the production environment to debug issues. Good quality logs are the difference between solving problems like Sherlock Holmes and stumbling upon solutions like Inspector Jacques Clouseau. As you can imagine, we’re pretty big on logging here at Stackify, and …

Performance Monitoring Best Practices

15 Simple ASP.NET Performance Tuning Tips

Simon Timms Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Performance of your ASP.NET web application is important. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that slow loading times and clunky interaction will drive customers elsewhere. Even in the case of internal applications where the users have no option but to use the application, their satisfaction is tightly coupled to speed. There are a ton of ways to improve …

.NET Event Counters – When logging isn’t fast enough

Simon Timms Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Over the past few years, I’ve become more and more convinced that having really good production logs is critical to running a successful software deployment. Logging has always been important, however if you’re deploying a web of microservices and a business transaction might span twenty different services, then searchable centralized logging is crucial. There are plenty of great tools available …

WebJobs vs. Azure Functions

Azure WebJobs vs. Azure Functions

Simon Timms Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

We are living in a golden age of programming. The language and tooling have never been better. Not a day goes by that I’m not impressed by some new programming language feature (how cool are nullable reference types in C#?); or a new technology (Live Share and Teletype are going to change the lives of remote developers); or some adaptation …

SSL authentication logging with web debugging proxies

Debugging Tricky HTTP Problems with Fiddler and Charles

Simon Timms Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Almost every application these days communicates over HTTP: websites, RESTful services, and even SOAP APIs all make use of Hypertext Transfer Protocol. For the most part, we don’t worry too much about what is happening at the network level when we’re building these applications. However, from time to time a problem will show up that needs us to drop to …

3 New C# Features We're Excited About

3 New C# 8 Features We Are Excited About

Simon Timms Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

C# is rapidly approaching its third decade of life. Originally released in 2000, the language has grown and changed across 7 major versions. Once a knock off of Java in all but name has jumped out ahead on many aspects. Throughout its life, the release of a new version of the language has been highly coupled with releases of new …