Java Logging Frameworks: log4j vs logback vs log4j2

Thorben Janssen Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

If you ever had to analyze an issue in production, I’m sure you know how important it is to have good logging. Good logging requires three things: The log messages need to provide the required information to understand what the application does internally. Writing log messages has to be as efficient as possible so that it doesn’t affect the performance …

PHP Performance Testing Tools

5 PHP Performance Testing Tools You Need To Know

Juliet Mendez Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

 To all the PHP developers out there, it is highly advisable that every application you build should have the right PHP performance testing tools to ensure that it runs correctly. There are a variety of tools available that can monitor your application’s performance. Choosing the right tool that caters to your organization’s needs should be a priority. In general, with …

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 …

Serilog Tutorial for .NET Logging: 16 Best Practices and Tips

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Serilog is a newer logging framework for .NET. It was built with structured logging in mind. It makes it easy to record custom object properties and even output your logs to JSON. Note: You can actually check out our other tutorials for NLog and log4net to learn how to do structured logging with them also! In this article, we are …

PHP Error Handling Guide

PHP Error Handling Guide

Juliet Mendez Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Because PHP is free to use, many web developers use this programming language to make web applications. Even the most popular web content management systems are based on this programming language. Handling errors in PHP is almost the same as handling errors in other programming languages. But if a developer is new to the language, seeing the errors for the …

PHP Monolog Tutorial: A Step by Step Guide

Juliet Mendez Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

In application development or maintenance, logging is very important. It gives you the right amount of data that you need to help you monitor your application, logs, databases, code, and web services. Monolog is the existing standard logging library for PHP. It is most popular in PHP frameworks such as Laravel and Symfony, where it implements a common interface for …

The state of logging in Java

The State of Logging in Java

Nicolas Frankel Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

When developing an application, chances are that it won’t perform as expected on the first run. In order to check what went wrong, developers in general use debuggers. But experienced developers know that if it happens in production, most debuggers won’t be available. Hence, they pepper the source code with logging statements to help their future self debug the next …

Retrace Logging and Error Tips

5 Awesome Retrace Logging & Error Tracking Features

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Popular, Stackify Product & Company Updates

Retrace combines several tools that developers need for application monitoring in one easy to use tool. Retrace has some really amazing log management and error tracking features because of the tight integration between our APM, errors, and logging tools. In this article, we are going to highlight some of the top features that you should be using with Retrace! Organize …

Azure Functions Logging Guide

A Guide to Logging in Azure Functions

Jared Nance Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

If you are thinking about using Azure Functions, at some point you will be confronted with the challenge of figuring out how application logging works. Logging in Azure Functions has some unique challenges due to the stateless nature of the serverless execution model. In this article, we will cover some basics about Azure Functions and provide instruction on how to …

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 …

Retrace Empowers Your Developer Team

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

Alexandra Altvater 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 …

Understand why you should track all exceptions.

Why Tracking and Monitoring All Exceptions is Important

Alexandra Altvater 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 …

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

Alexandra Altvater 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 …

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 …

ASP.NET crash

How to Troubleshoot an ASP.NET Crash & Analyze w3wp Crash Dumps

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Internet Information Services (IIS) uses a pool of worker processes (w3wp) to run ASP.NET web applications on Windows servers, but dealing with them crashing is no fun. The good news is, we are here to help provide you with resources on how to isolate and solve these issues, including how to identify crashes, capture crash dumps, and interpret them. Stackify …

What is Log Aggregation?

Log Aggregation 101: Methods, Tools, Tutorials and More

Angela Stringfellow Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Log management is a process of handling copious volumes of logs that are made up of several processes, such as log collection, log aggregation, storage, rotation, analysis, search, and reporting. Log aggregation, therefore, is a step in the overall management process in which you consolidate different log formats coming from different sources all into one place to make it easier …