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

Top ASP.NET Performance Counters and How to Monitor Them

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

One of the great features of ASP.NET is all the metrics available via Windows performance counters. There is a wide array of them available between IIS, ASP.NET and .NET. This guide on ASP.NET performance counters will review some of the top counters you need to know about and why they are valuable. We will also talk about how to monitor …

Java custom exceptions

Why, When and How to Implement Custom Exceptions in Java

Thorben Janssen Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

We already talked a lot about exception handling on this blog and described the differences between checked and unchecked exceptions, best practices and common mistakes. If you’ve read these posts, you probably recognized a pattern. You should provide detailed information about the situation that caused the exception, and you should not remove anything that might be useful to the caller. …

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 …

Features of Spring Web MVC

How Spring Web MVC Really Works

Eugen Paraschiv Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Introduction This is an in-depth look at the powerful features and internal workings of Spring Web MVC, which is a part of the Spring Framework. The source code for this article is available over on GitHub. Project Setup Throughout this article, we’ll use the latest and greatest Spring Framework 5. We’re focusing here on the Spring’s classic web stack, which …

Cloud Computing Advantages

8 Cloud Computing Advantages for Developers

Anthony Monsees Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

It has never been a better time to be a developer.  Development tools and technologies continue to evolve that allow us to create better software.  However, developers are under more pressure to decrease time to market, publish frequent enhancements, and reduce or eliminate bugs.  The cloud offers several unique benefits to developers that can help.  Some of the details mentioned …

Retrace Empowers Your Developer Team

Retrace Delivers Easy-to-Navigate Logging to VinSolutions’ Developers

Stackify Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Let’s Talk Logs Application and server logs are the eyes and ears for developers when it comes to troubleshooting application problems. Traditional log management solutions do not provide any features for tracking and identifying application errors. What’s worse, multiple users using your application at the same time can cause a major tangle in your logs. Sorting through your logs to …

Java application monitoring metrics

How To Track and Monitor Critical Java Application Metrics

Eugen Paraschiv Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Stackify Product & Company Updates

Overview of Java application metrics Monitoring a running application is crucial for visibility and making sure the system is functioning as expected, as well as to identify any potential issues, tweak and optimize the running conditions, and resolve any errors that may occur. This is where Application Performance Monitoring (APM) tools can make your life a whole lot easier by …

Java Virtual Machine (JVM)

Java Virtual Machine: Critical Metrics You Need to Track

Eugen Paraschiv Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Popular

Overview of JVM Metrics In this article, we’ll cover how you can monitor an application that runs on the Java Virtual Machine by going over some of the critical metrics you need to track. And, as a monitoring tool, we’ll use Stackify Retrace, a full APM solution. The application we’ll monitor to exemplify these metrics is a real-world Java web …

Understand why you should track all exceptions.

Why Tracking and Monitoring All Exceptions is Important

Stackify Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Modern applications are complex multi-tier and multi-layer systems that consist of multiple client-side apps, web servers, application servers, and database servers. The applications use third-party libraries, communicate with other applications using different communication mechanisms, and rely on cloud services and hosting providers. The complexity goes on and on and on. In other words, modern applications are Complicated with a capital …

Multiple Media Types in Java Microservices with RESTEasy

Lyndsey Padget Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Today we’ll be talking about microservices in Java. While it’s true that Java EE has a robust platform for writing, deploying, and managing enterprise-level microservices, in this article I will create a RESTful microservice that is as slim as possible. Don’t worry – we won’t be reinventing the wheel by marshaling our own data or anything. We’ll be using JBoss’ …

monitor JMX data exposed by third-party tools and write and expose your own.

Deep Dive into Java Management Extensions (JMX)

Eugen Paraschiv Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

1. Introduction In this article, we’ll have a look at a core Java technology – Java Management Extension (JMX). We’ll start with a quick intro to exactly what JMX is, and we’ll quickly move to some interesting things you can do with the technology. 2. What Is Java Management Extension Technology Introduced all the way back in Java 2, JMX …

Avoid these APM vanity metrics

Avoid APM Vanity Metrics – Use What Matters

Stackify Insights for Dev Managers, Stackify Product & Company Updates

Metrics are how we assess aspects of our business, applications, and infrastructure. They allow us to measure and report on key indicators, and we can then use that information for making decisions, or to adjust for improved performance, stability and overall quality. While collecting and analyzing metrics can be hard work, in many respects, the most challenging aspect of working …

How to use Azure Deployment

Which Azure Deployment Model Should You Use? 4 Ways To Deploy

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Microsoft Azure is a great platform to use and it has many services and features. But how do you go about deploying your applications to the cloud and using them? There are several different options for deploying your applications in the Azure cloud and which one(s) you use and where you run them depends on the amount of control and …

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 …

VinSolutions Gets Secure Visibility with Retrace

Retrace Helps VinSolutions with Risk-Free Visibility for Their Dev Teams

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

The Choice: Security or Visibility Stackify was founded because we were frustrated that our development team didn’t have the tools that they needed. We used a variety of tools like Nagios and Splunk, but none of our developers had access to them. What’s worse, even if they did, the tools only told part of the story and presented a unique …

Tomcat Monitoring

A Step By Step Guide to Tomcat Performance Monitoring

Eugen Paraschiv Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Overview Monitoring the metrics and runtime characteristics of an application server is essential to ensure the adequate functioning of the applications running on that server, as well as to prevent or resolve potential issues in a timely manner. As far as Java applications go, one of the most commonly used servers is Apache Tomcat, which will be the focus of …

Reasons why Application Logging Should be a part of your APM strategy

Why Application Logging is Critical to Your APM Strategy

vpower Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

More information is always a good thing—especially when it comes to application performance monitoring (APM). One way to gather more information for APM purposes is to leverage application information in addition to environment data. In-context information generated and logged by the application itself can be invaluable when trying to diagnose and resolve anomalies during an application’s lifecycle. This article explains …

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 …