Dev Ops Increases Security (1)

How DevOps Increases Security, Not Hurts It

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One of the biggest challenges for development teams is having good visibility into production deployments. It is nearly impossible to track down application problems without access to critical data. Developers need access to a range of things, including application performance reporting, configurations, log files and more. Does DevOps create or solve security challenges? Possible DevOps Security Issues DevOps typically refers …

Top Source Code Repository Hosts

Top Source Code Repository Hosts: 50 Repo Hosts for Team Collaboration, Open Source, and More

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Every developer’s toolkit needs a good source code repository host; a good host for your code is especially useful for DevOps team collaboration and working with Open Source projects. There are many source code repository hosts available online, from the widely-used GitHub and Bitbucket to the lesser-known yet useful repo hosts catering to specific needs. Each one appeals to different …

Cloud Infrastructure Automation Tools

Best Cloud Tools for Infrastructure Automation: Take the Pain Out of Infrastructure Management with These 50 Tools for Agile DevOps

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There are two main reasons for infrastructure automation. First, system administrators, IT professionals and DevOps engineers need to automate as many routine tasks as possible. That’s why we build tools at Stackify to help developers automate processes like application performance management, error monitoring, and log management; automation means you have more time for mission-critical tasks. Second, automation makes the management …

Metrics for Measuring Software Productivity & Efficiency

22 Software Developers and Development Leaders Reveal the Best Metrics for Measuring Software Development Efficiency and Productivity

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We’ve talked a lot about Agile development and DevOps — particularly, the always-pressing need to rapidly ship new versions of their code and update their products. But when it comes to evaluating the productivity of your development teams, what metrics matter most? Should you merely be concerned with deadlines and time sheets, or should you focus on customer satisfaction to evaluate …

3 Key DevOps Needs for Every Development Team

3 Key DevOps Needs for Every Development Team

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Agile development has created a process for developers to rapidly ship a new version of their code. DevOps is the next step in the process. It is the ability to help get that code to production as fast as possible. What do development teams need to embrace DevOps? DevOps should be about empowering your development team to be able to do …

What is DevOps?

What is DevOps? – Give Your Development Team Ownership

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DevOps has been a hot topic for the last several years. I have always had a love/hate relationship with the term. Most argue it as all about team culture and collaboration. Vendors have done everything they can to latch their products onto the DevOps bandwagon. As you will read below, I have my own opinion about what is DevOps and …

Top Development Operations Tools

Top DevOps Tools: 50 Reliable, Secure, and Proven Tools for All Your DevOps Needs

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Due to the intensive work DevOps engineers and their teams complete on a daily basis, they are always on the lookout for tools to help them improve efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, there typically isn’t enough time in the day to dig for top-rated, impactful DevOps technologies that fit the team. That’s why we did the searching for you. From tenured …

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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 …

Compete Developer Takeover: Guide No. 1

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build//better is a humble little eMag that we are putting together as another way to write about and share developer stuff we’re interested in and think can be useful.   This Issue: Application development teams need to be more agile than ever. Old models can’t deliver on new philosophies. The first guide in this series provides five sections of insights to help you …

Stackify Offers the Best in ASP.NET Application Monitoring

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If you are seeking a cost-effective, comprehensive tool for ASP.NET application monitoring, look no further than Stackify’s Application Performance Monitoring tool, APM+. Stackify’s ASP.NET monitoring solution enables developers to drill down into an application at the code level in order to gain insights about the application’s behavior and performance to quickly catch and resolve application problems. What is offered within …

SQL Azure Elastic Pool

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

PHP Log

PHP Logging Best Practices

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Intro With our most recent release, we’re excited to announce we have added enhanced the support in our Stackify Errors & Logs product for apps written in PHP. Our recent release includes a direct logging API for PHP, enhanced support for the Monolog and log4php logging frameworks via Stackify-specific handlers/appenders, and an agent collector model that delivers fast performance for …

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4 Ways the Cloud Has Influenced App Troubleshooting

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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 have …

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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 …