software deployments best practices

How to do software deployments with confidence

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Everyone wants to ship their code faster. Agile development and all the variants of it have helped companies release software  more often and spend less time in large, waterfall planning and project management. Agile development still has one big problem… confidence in software deployments. Developers have no idea if they are really ready to ship their new version. Does this …

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15 Scrum Boards for your team

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First, let me say I had no idea there were so many agile board solutions out there. It is ridiculous. The market is completely saturated with contenders. This probably happened because software devs have a particular way they like to work and when they can’t find something they like, they build it themselves. However, out of the myriad of contenders there …

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How-to: Monitor Your Elasticsearch Cluster Performance

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Intro Elasticsearch is a distributed search server based on Lucene and it can be used to search a wide range  of documents. It is written in Java and runs as a service  with a RESTful web API. Elasticsearch is the second most popular enterprise search engine At Stackify, we use Elasticsearch for Errors, Logs and APM data. Thus, it was …

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SQL Azure Elastic Pool – Product Review

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At Stackify, we have about 1,000 SQL Azure databases. Monitoring, managing, and right sizing these databases creates a unique set of challenges. For security and scalability, each of our clients has their own database. As you can imagine, each client is in a different sizes and we have wildly different performance characteristics from one databases to another. We are excited …

Log tagging

Log tagging creates smarter application logs #awesomelogs

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How many combined log statements do your applications and infrastructure produce in a day? 50,000? Over a million? Here at Stackify, our applications generate around 100 million log entries every day. Even after feeding them into Stackify’s powerful log management and filtering tools, it can be difficult to distill things down into meaningful, actionable diagnostics with an incredibly high volume …

Improve JSON Usage

11 Ways to Improve JSON Performance & Usage

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JSON is easy to work with and has become the standard data format for virtually everything. Although originally derived from the JavaScript scripting language, JSON is now a language-independent data format and code for parsing and generating JSON data is readily available in many programming languages. At Stackify, we use JSON extensively for REST APIs, serializing messages to queues, and …

Even better APM

APM+ v2.2, even better .NET Application Performance Management

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We are very excited to release APM+ v2.2 today! We first released APM+ for ASP.NET in April and have been working tirelessly to make it the best APM product on the market for ASP.NET application performance management. We think today is that day! First off, special thanks to everyone has used the product to date and all of your wonderful …

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How GWB Found Hidden Exceptions and Application Performance Problems

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  Exceptions in .NET can be very expensive when it comes to CPU cycles. Read how Geeks with Blogs (http://geekswithblogs.net) used Retrace to improve the performance of their application. About Geeks with Blogs (GWB) Thousands of software developers use Geeks with Blogs (GWB) to host their own personal blog. The code base has slowly morphed and has been modified by several developers over …

DotNetRocks

How are you instrumenting your applications?

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Carl and Richard of DotNetRocks talk to Jason Taylor of Stackify and Michael Paterson of Carbonite about the power of great code instrumentation to make awesome software. Carbonite lives on Azure and uses Stackify for instrumentation. Michael talks about how Stackify helped Carbonite understand performance problems and errors that were occurring in production that were very hard to see from …

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How to future-proof your app to prevent performance issues

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When John F. Kennedy said that “the time to repair the roof is while the sun is shining” in his State of the Union address, application development was probably the last thing on his mind. Yet his notion of preparing in advance to pre-empt tough times is something that can certainly be applied to the world of app development. As …

APM + the best application performance management

Retrace is Transforming The Way .NET Developers Optimize Application Performance

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Today at Stackify, we’re very proud to announce the launch of our new product, Retrace APM+. This first release specifically targets ASP.NET, but as the platform continues to grow, support will be added for other popular programming languages. More details will be announced later this year. Stackify Retrace builds on top of the great foundation of our current offering, known for great real-time …

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Distributed Method Mutex – How To Prevent Duplicate Event Processing At Scale

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Distributed Method Mutexing Stackify handles millions of incoming metrics and log messages on a daily basis. This creates some unique challenges to coordinating various types of events that are triggered as data flows in and system settings are modified. When events are constantly firing for various reasons across multiple servers it can be very challenging to ensure that certain types …

Ways to troubleshoot apps

4 Ways the Cloud Has Influenced App Troubleshooting

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Intro The rise of cloud computing has ushered in an era of unprecedented productivity for developers over the past several years. For those who have embraced this new world order, gone are the days of long lead times for hardware procurement and installation, architecture defined by slow-moving hardware upgrades, hardware-constrained scalability and flexibility, and a world where only sys admins …

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Supporting Production Applications the DevOps Way

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Software applications are more complex than ever. If your application is slow or down for even five minutes customers will blow up on Twitter for the whole world to see. To prevent this, developers and operations have to work together in lockstep when deploying and supporting applications. Preventing and fixing application problems quickly is critical to keep your outage from …

Make sense

3 Ways to Make Sense of Errors & Logging

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Errors and log files are two of the most important tools a developer have to try and find the source of a problem.  If you’re like most developers, your approach to capturing and utilizing errors and logs is fairly straightforward. You probably send log output to a file or a log aggregation product. You may notify on the occurrence of …

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Stackify Unveils a Revolutionary Smart Error and Log Management Solution

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We are happy to announce the release of the new Error and Log Management (SmartELM) solution – unifying two product categories and expediting time to resolution. Stackify’s SmartELM solution provides the first of its kind integrated error tracking and logging management solution that allows application developers and DevOps teams to easily discover application issues and fix them before their customers are affected. …

Context to exceptions

3 Data Sets That Bring Context to Exceptions

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Even the smallest exception can cause material damage to your company’s operations, which, in turn can have repercussions on revenue. So it’s obviously important to have a grasp on your plan to track and troubleshoot exceptions.  It seems like a simple enough process – the exception is raised, you look at it, and then make changes to your app so …

Improve app troubleshooting

3 Ways to Improve Troubleshooting Exceptions

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Your application is perfect, flawless in every way and always works… right? It’s more likely you spend a fair portion of your time troubleshooting problematic behavior in your applications – probably more than you’d care to.  And that’s not because your code is necessarily buggy; it’s because applications have become far more complex than they used to be. Your company …

Application Evolution

The evolution of the world of app monitoring

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‘Perfection would be a fatal flaw for evolution’ In technology, as in life, everything evolves, grows, develops, mutates and eventually goes away, being replaced with improved versions. In the past several years, application development evolved and applications have come to play a more centric part of many businesses, even those that traditionally were not software players. (Walmart’s sophisticated inventory management …

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Stackify received SD Times’ top 100 award

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We are proud to be among  the top ten companies selected for the application developer tools that includes agile, product-line management and performance monitoring. “Building tools that really helped developers stick to the plan and avoid falling behind. Is not an easy task” said David Rubinstein chief editor for SD Times “When choosing the SD Times Top 100, we carefully considered …