WinDbg to Analyze .NET Crash Dumps - Async Crash

Using WinDbg to Analyze .NET Crash Dumps – Async Crash

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Last week, I had an urgent request from a client that we know well. They had an IIS app pool that was experiencing frequent crashes, and they couldn’t figure out why. Even though it fell out of the scope of Retrace, they thought we might be able to help. We love these sort of requests here, because it gives us …

Performance Tools for Java Application

Java Performance Tools – 8 Types of Tools You Need to Know!

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Performance Tools for Java Keeping track of your application’s performance is an ongoing task, so it is important to have the right tools. What works in development might not be quite as helpful in a production environment. Here, I will go over some great tools and the best time to use them. The goal is to help you make reliable …

Azure Service Profiler review – How does it fit in your toolbox?

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About a year ago Microsoft released the Azure Service Profiler which is designed to be a lightweight profiler for ASP.NET applications. They recently enabled it to work with Application Insights and it is easy to enable for Azure App Services. Since we use App Services and love anything to do with app performance, I thought I would give it a …

Java Profilers

List of Java Profilers: 3 Different Types and Why You Need All of Them

Darin Howard Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Debugging performance issues in production can be a pain and in some cases impossible without the right tools. Java profilers have been around forever, but the profilers most developers think about are only one type. Let’s dive into the 3 different kinds of Java profilers: Standard JVM Profilers that track every detail of the JVM (CPU, thread, memory, garbage collection, …

Lower Azure Pricing Costs

22 Tips to Lower Azure Pricing and Optimize Hosting Costs

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Microsoft Azure provides a powerful set of services to help developers build and deploy their apps. Azure makes it so easy to use that you can quickly let your Azure hosting costs get out of control.  However, there are ways to better manage your Azure pricing and optimize your overall costs. At Stackify, we have been using Azure for over 4 …

Application Insights – 16 things every developer needs to know

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Application Insights is Microsoft’s lightweight application performance monitoring service. I have collected a nice list of things that every developer should know. Including tips, key features, and limitations. 1. Make sure your app targets .NET 4.6, and .NET 2.0 is not supported There are some changes in the 4.6 version of the .NET framework that enables some additional data collection …

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IIS Logs, Error Logs and More – 6 Ways to Find Failed ASP.NET Requests

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Your web application is throwing some sort of error or invalid response. Do you know how to troubleshoot IIS or ASP.NET errors on your servers? Luckily, Windows and ASP.NET provide several different logs where failed requests are logged beyond simple IIS logs.   Get to Know the 4 Different IIS Logs You are probably familiar with normal IIS logs, but …

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 …

Optimize code

Transaction tracing helps developers optimize their code as they write it

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The best time for developers to optimize their code is while they are writing it. Developers can leverage the detailed transaction tracing available from APM type tools, like Prefix, as a fast feedback loop to understand what their code is doing and how long it takes. Prefix works as an ASP.NET profiler and also works with several common JVMs for …

Essential Application Profiling Tools to Find Bugs in Your Code

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Developers love tools, and they tend to use a lot of them. Many of them are such a normal part of our daily lives and toolchain that we don’t even think of them as tools anymore. Your computer, the Internet, a simple text editor, and source code repositories are a good example of this. They are just fundamental things we …

Stackify Retrace is an Affordable APM for Developer Team

APM Pricing Is Now Affordable for All Developers, and Why They Should Care

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 APM Pricing has been historically out of control… One of the reasons I founded Stackify was because my developers didn’t have the tools they needed. The tools were designed for IT operations, the data my team needed was spread across too many different tools, and the pricing was very expensive. Sadly, several years later, not much has changed in the …

Debugging Windows Services with Prefix

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Prefix enables developers to easily see what their code is doing as they write and test their code, including SQL queries, HTTP calls, errors, logs, and much more. Prefix is most often used with web applications, but .NET Windows Services are also supported. This article discusses how to use Prefix with a Windows Service or console application. Learn more about …

Compare Top APM tools

Comparison of 18 APM & Application Monitoring Tools

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Every business is highly dependent on software these days. Ensuring that all of your organization’s mission-critical applications are running optimally at all times is priority #1! There is a wide range of application performance management and application monitoring tools on the market available for developers, DevOps teams, and traditional IT operations. There is a lot of gray area as to …

Case Study: Carbonite and Stackify’s Retrace

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”We turned on APM+ and within a couple of minutes were able to identify the issue and a few hours later push out a fix.” Who is Carbonite? Carbonite is a leading provider in backup recovery and archiving solutions for small businesses and home users. We fuel continuity by providing powerful yet simple tools to help keep businesses in business. …

What’s new for Retrace v4 for .NET

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After months of hard work, we are excited to be releasing v4.0 of our .NET agent. The last major update v3.0, came out 6 months ago. This release has several major changes you should be aware of plus some exciting new features. Speed, baby, speed! Most importantly, we have spent many days doing nothing but optimizing the performance overhead of …

What is code profiling? Learn the 3 Types of Code Profilers

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For those of you do do not know a lot about Stackify, we do a lot of things around application performance and have actually written a couple profilers ourselves. We know a lot about code profiling for .NET ans Java. Today I want to talk about the three different types of profilers and describe the differences between them and talk …

Find out why you need 3 different types of .NET profilers

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 …